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New car tax rules are coming have you got your head round the changes yet?

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In April 2017 there will be some big changes to the car tax rules and everyone is worried that they are going to have to pay hundreds of pounds more than they do now. But have you managed to get your head round the rules yet?

The new rules for VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) or road tax are coming into force soon and some of the articles that have been published in the media are as clear as mud, leading many to worry that they are going to have to pay hundreds of pounds more for VED.

Biggest changes to road taxing

There is no denying these changes are the biggest changes that have ever been made to the system and include a switch in the tax bands to make it even more confusing.

The new road tax rules will impact those who are looking to buy a new car from April 2017.

Some people are asking the question should they wait until April 1st to get a new car or is it more cost effective to get a new car before the price hike comes into force. We’d say it depends entirely on the car you plan to buy and it’s CO2 emissions.

Why is car tax increasing? 

George Osbourne introduced the changes after he noted they the levels of CO2 emissions in the UK as falling, and everyone bought into the idea of buying a car with cheaper tax. So in his wisdom decided it would be a great idea to charge people more to tax their cars.

Under the current VED scheme which ends in March 2017 just about everyone with a brand new car is paying little or no road tax which Osbourne noted was costing the government millions. So he decided he would introduce a new tax hike that would see drivers pay higher tax prices on all new cars within the first five years. Setting a flat rate of £140.00 for most cars.

Reducing the amount of cars that are tax exempt.

The current system ensures low-emission petrol and diesel cars are exempt from Tax. Under the new system, only cars with no tailpipe emissions such as electric and hydrogen cars will be tax emept.

To make things a little more confusing if your car costs more than £40,000 you will have to pay a five-year supplement of £310.

However, buyers of more small economical cars will face the biggest hike in tax which on average will cost nine times more than what the current system costs.

Those with higher polluting cars will pay more than the smaller economical cars under the new system, however, they won’t pay as much as the smaller cars in many cases.

Will my tax be increasing for my current car?

Only if you have bought your car after April 2017 you will be subjected to the new Tax band.

So it could be worthwhile buying a new car locked in at the cheaper tax band of £20 VED before the law changes as from the 1stAprilpril the same car would cost you £140 VED

If you already own your car your tax prices will not be impacted.

VED Band from April 2017

VED car tax bands for cars first registered from 2017 onwards
Emissions (g/km of CO2) First year rate Standard rate
0 £0 £0
1-50 £10 £140
51-75 £25
76-90 £100
91-100 £120
101-110 £140
111-130 £160
131-150 £200
151-170 £500
171-190 £800
191-225 £1,200
226-255 £1,700
Over 255 £2,000
Cars above £40,000 pay £310 annual supplement for five years

Current Pre(April 2017) VED Tax Bands 

VED Band CO2 Emissions Annual rate First year rate
A Up to 100 g/km £0 £0
B 101-110 g/km £20 £0
C 111-120 g/km £30 £0
D 121-130 g/km £110 £0
E 131-140 g/km £130 £130
F 141-150 g/km £145 £145
G 151-165 g/km £185 £185
H 166-175 g/km £210 £300
I 176-185 g/km £230 £355
J 186-200 g/km £270 £500
K* 201-225 g/km £295 £650
L 226-255 g/km £500 £885
M Over 255 g/km £515 £1,120

Are you sure my road tax won’t increase if my car is already registered?

Yes that is right the current road tax bands won’t change for cars that are already registered. Current VED bands will stay in place meaning that you will continue to pay the same VED bands.

So now you can stop worrying that your car tax will increase from £20 a year to £140.

We’d highly recomend if you are looking to change your car and want your car to be in the lower tax band to make sure you buy your new car before April 2017.

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Who are these Cowards who left horse for dead after crash?

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Do you know who these Cowards are? Police have launched a manhunt after a group of men dumped a horse following a collision with a car. They left the horse for dead.

The horse was left seriously injured during a procession in Great Bridge Road in Bilston on Sunday after she bolted into a vehicle.

Instead of staying with the horse and seeking treatment for the horse they fled the scene and dumped the horse. leaving the horse for dead.

The female brown horse was tragically left to die, without any thought for the horse as they fled the scene and did not check to see if the driver and the family within the car were ok.

The sheer impact of the crash smashed the windscreen of a Volkswagen and left the mare lying in the road. The horse was bleeding heavily.

The horse was attached to a traditional carriage and the men detached the horse from the carriage and fled the scene dragging the carriage with them.

RSPCA Inspector Vicki Taylor, who was called alongside police, said: ‘The horse was lying in the road and bleeding where the smashed windscreen had cut into her front and legs. ‘This was a shocking sight and she was clearly suffering

‘Thankfully the family who were in the car were uninjured but their vehicle was badly damaged. ‘When I arrived, the men with the horse had already left, dragging the trap away with them.

Witnesses provided photos of the owners taking off the trap and leaving the horse in the road. ‘It must have been a shock to be involved in an accident like this but these men essentially abandoned this horse to die.

 

‘As they left, the men were pictured trying to hide their faces.’ The mare, who is about seven years old, is also underweight but is now recovering at a private boarding establishment in RSPCA care.

Inspector Taylor added: ‘Thankfully there are no obvious broken bones and the equine vet is positive she will recover despite the open wounds which may take a while to start healing.

‘We are now appealing for anyone who may recognise the horse, or the men in these images, to contact us in strictest confidence on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.’

 

 

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The mystery of the missing biscuits and the cop who was dragged over the coals

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A Police Officer was dragged over the coals and faced losing the job he once loved after a tin of biscuits disappeared from a police station in London.

Despite PC Thomas Hooper being arrested and questioned under caution, he was eventually found not guilty of misconduct following a three-day misconduct hearing.

PC Thomas Hooper was also alleged to have applied for a Fixed Penalty Notice issued while he was driving he was driving a police vehicle back to the station in full response mode.

He was also accused of nicking a two-tier tin of biscuits belonging to another officer and then officer a false account relating to the disappearance of that said biscuit tin.

Now PC Hooper has been cleared after no evidence was found on both matters after he was grilled at a three-day hearing.

PC Hooper was suspended and then placed on restricted duties following the incidents in now free to return to full operational duties after what can only be described as a waste of police time and a witch hunt against PC Hooper.

During the hearing panel chairman Naheed Asjad said the public would be concerned about the value of the complaint about the biscuits, which was looked into by other officers and is now being heard at a misconduct hearing.

She said: “You have a sergeant and an inspector and a box of biscuits that have gone missing and the only thing you can come up with is to refer the matter to Directorate of Professional Standards?”

It’s an Utter Disgrace…

Trevor Sherwood Police Hour Founder “It’s a complete disgrace that this matter was referred to the Directorate Of Professional Standards and that the officers within that department upheld a criminal allegation of the theft of a tin of biscuits.

“While policing budgets are stretched the powers that be are wasting thousands of pounds investigating each other for petty offences, for an officer to face losing his job over a missing tin of biscuits is an utter shame.

“This is wasting valuable policing time and amounts to amounts to utterly shameful management from PC Hoopers supervision who believed this was an issue for professional standards.

“These type of investigations can run into the tens of thousands and really they should not be happening, for a truly dedicated and committed police officer to face the loss of his job over biscuits is the real shame of British policing in 2018.”

Now someone hand that cop a tin of biscuits.

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85-year-old murdered in horrific and cowardly attack in her home

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Rosina Coleman aged 85 has been found dead in her home in Romford east London. She was subjected to a horrific and cowardly attack, she suffered serious injuries and sadly died.

She was murdered in her own home, The pensioner was only found when a repair worker attended her home in Ashmour Gardens on Tuesday morning.

Rosina is believed to have been attacked in her home hours before she was found. Very little details have been released by the police.

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Detective Inspector Paul Considine, who is leading the murder investigation, described it as “a despicable incident in which the victim, an elderly lady who lived alone, had been subjected to a cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries.”

Det Ins Considine appealed for anyone with information to come forward: “I want to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to call police immediately; did you hear anyone in distress or notice someone in the area who may have looked out of place?

“Even a fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation.

“It is imperative that we find those responsible for this horrendous offence.”

  • Anyone with information should call the Metropolitan Police on 101.

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