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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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Gaia Pope no injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death

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Dorest Police have confirmed that they do not believe another person was invloved within 19-year-old Gaia Pope’s death.

Those arrestes on suspiscion of her murder have been released from police custody but remain under police investigation.

At around 3pm yesterday, Saturday 18 November 2017, specialist search teams discovered the body of a woman near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November near Swanage.

Although the body has yet to be formally identified, officers are confident that it is Gaia and her family is being supported by specially-trained officers.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The post-mortem examination has not identified any injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death. The cause of death is undetermined pending toxicology.

“The coroner is involved in the oversight of these examinations but at this time this remains an investigation into an unexplained death.

“We would like to take this further opportunity to pass our thoughts to Gaia’s family who we continue to support and who ask for respect of their privacy at this incredibly stressful time.

“Once again I would like to pass our thanks to the public volunteers and partner organisations who have supported this inquiry throughout and have been material in locating Gaia.

“The area where the body was located is likely to remain cordoned off for some time while forensic examinations and searches are concluded.

“Please can I ask that the public no longer attend to assist with searches and that they remain a safe distance from the location. I reiterate this area is steep and slippery in an exposed area close to sea cliffs. The area is covered in dense undergrowth and gorse and can present a hazard. Only specially-trained search and forensic teams are entering the area, assisted by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service recovery teams.”

Gaia’s family is issuing their thanks to the Find Gaia volunteer group for all their hard work and unwavering support.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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We want to help you but we know you don’t like us being involved

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We know you follow this account and want you to see this, We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner. We know you follow this account and we want you to see this.

Lochaber & Skye Police have penned an emotional letter addressed to ‘a young woman in Skye”.

The official Police Scotland account won the best tweeting police account at the UK-wide Police Tweet Awards in 2016 and could just take the 2017 title as next week.

They went on to say “We want to help you and are doing lots with other agencies to try and keep you safe.

“You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you.”

“Your family and friends have told you they think you are in danger they support you and want you to be safe”.

“We think he’s probably told you, “it won’t happen again”, “I’m sorry”, “I’ll change”, he’s maybe even told you that it’s your fault – IT’S NOT.”

“The violence, threats, degrading comments and controlling behaviour are not the life you need to lead, it can be better.”

“You are not trapped and you are not alone, we can help you get out, your family and friends can help you get out and Scot Women’s Aid can help you get out.

Call us, come to the Police Station, phone someone, speak to local Women’s Aid worker on 01478613365 or 08000271234.”

“There is no excuse for domestic abuse, help is out there.”

Lochaber & Skye Police then went on to thank everyone for the positive response to the domestic abuse appeal.

They told everyone that the meaning behind it was to “reach-out to anyone who may be at risk”.

Hopefully, by sharing this another young lady, lady or even young man or man could be helped from harm.

 

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Tragically the Body Gaia Pope has been found she was aged 19

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Officers searching for missing teenager Gaia Pope have discovered the body of a woman near Swanage.

The discovery was made at around 3pm today, Saturday 18 November 2017, by specialist search teams near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Although the body has yet to be formally identified, we are confident that we have found Gaia.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers. Our thoughts remain with all of her family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy and that we make no further media releases at this point.

“The coroner has been notified and further forensic examination will continue. This will guide the investigation in respect of the circumstances of the death which at this time remains unexplained.

“I would like to thank the community for their support and understanding while this large-scale investigation continues and their efforts in looking for Gaia.

“We have received a huge amount of support from the public who have contacted us with possible sightings of Gaia and items of found clothing. I can confirm that we have recovered all the clothing we believe Gaia was wearing when she disappeared and, with thanks, we no longer require the public to assist with searches.”

Extensive searches have been led by Dorset Police. We have been extensively supported by specialist officers and teams, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, the coastguard, national search advisors, the NPAS helicopter, Dorset Search & Rescue, Wessex 4×4 and the Search & Rescue Dogs Association. Coordinated local volunteers have also assisted in liaison with the police search operation. We would like to thank our partner agencies and volunteers for their support which has led to today’s developments.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:128. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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