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Motorhome and camper van tax rates

Everything you need to know when it comes to buying road tax VED for your new or used motorhome or camper van. 

Paying the road tax VED for your camper van or motorhome is not as straightforward as it is for a car or panel van. The amount of tax you pay is determined by several factors, with the most important being the weight and age of the vehicle. 

This guide will help you understand the system so you know where you stand when it comes to understanding the tax rates for motorhomes and camper vans. 

How much is the road tax for my camper van?

The amount of VED applied to your camper van is determined by several factors, but the biggest factor is when it was first registered.

Camper vans registered on or after 1 April 2017

Camper vans of this age have VED applied in one of two ways. If it is an M1SP category camper van - which most campers will be - and has a CO2 emissions figure on its type approval certificate, then you will pay VED at a rate based on its CO2 figure.

If you are buying new, you pay a higher rate in the first year - anything from £10-£25 for a vehicle with emissions between 1g/km and 50g/km, all the way up to £2135-£2125 for emissions over 255g/km.

From the second year onwards you then pay £145 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles, and £135 for alternative-fuelled vehicles. If the list price of your vehicle was over £40,000 when you bought new, you have to pay an additional £320 a year, making the payment £465 for petrol or diesel, £455 for alternative fuels and £320 for electric vehicles. This additional sum applies from the second time the VED is paid until the sixth year.

However, if your camper van is not in the M1SP category or does not have its CO2 emissions on the type approval certificate, then VED is applied by the same rules for older vehicles, although there will be very few that do.

Campers registered before 1 April 2017

VED rates for older camper vans are determined by the age of the vehicle and its emissions rating, although it is categorised by the engine Euro rating rather than a specific CO2 figure. You can find your van's Euro engine rating on the V5C logbook.

Euro5 

Camper vans weighing under 3500kg registered between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2010 are charged £140 for 12 months.

Euro4

Camper vans weighing under 3500kg registered between March 1st 2003 and December 21st 2006 are charged £140 for 12 months.

Older camper vans

Camper vans under 3500kg registered on or after March 1st 2001 are charged £260 for 12 months

Camper vans under 3500kg registered before March 1st 2001 are charged £160 for engines of 1549cc or less, and £265 for engines over 1549cc.

Classic camper vans

Camper vans made before January 1st 1979 are exempt from VED, although you do still have to tax the vehicle even though there is no charge.

Camper van tax rate tables

Calculating the VED for your camper van is not as simple as it could be, with multiple figures depending on a number of factors. However, these tables will help you figure out the right amount.

First VED payment when you register the camper van

 CO2 emissions in g/km Petrol and RDE2 compliant diesel vehicles

Non-RDE2 diesel vehicles

Alternative-fuelled vehicles
0 £0 £0 £0
1-50 £10 £25 £0
51-75 £25 £110 £15
76-90 £110 £130 £100
91-100 £130 £150 £120
101-110 £150 £170 £140
111-130 £170 £210 £160
131-150 £210 £530 £200
151-170 £530 £855 £520
171-190 £855 £1280 £845
191-225 £1280 £1815 £1,270
226-255 £1815 £2135 £1805
Over 255 £2135 £2135 £2125

This payment is for the first 12 months of road tax VED for a new camper van and usually added to the list price. 

Rates for second road tax VED payment onwards (if camper van list price is under £40,000 and registered after 1 April 2017)

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
Petrol and diesel £145 £79.75
Electric £0 £0
Alternative fuel £135 £74.25

Rates for second to sixth annual payment (inclusive) for camper vans over £40,000 when bought new

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
Petrol and diesel £465 £255.75
Electric £320 £176
Alternative fuel £455 £250.25

You only have to pay this rate for five years (from the second time the vehicle is taxed). After this it reverts to the second road tax VED payment rate.

Camper vans registered before 2017

Ved band CO2 emissions (g/km) Petrol and diesel Alternative fuel
A Up to 100 £0 £0
B 101-110 £20 £10
C 111-120 £30 £20
D 121-130 £125 £115
E 131-140 £145 £135
F 141-150 £160 £150
G 151-165 £200 £190
H 166-175 £235 £225
I 176-185 £260 £250
J 186-200 £300 £290
K*
201-225 £325 £315
L 226-255 £555 £545
M Over 255 £570 £560

 Includes cars emitting over 225g/km registered before 23 March 2006

Camper vans registered between  1 January 2009 and 31 December 2010 that are Euro5 compliant and 3500kg GVW or less

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
All types £140 £77

Camper vans registered between March 1st 2003 and December 31st 2006 that are Euro4 compliant and 3500kg GVW or less

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
All types £140 £77

Camper vans registered on or after March 1st 2001 and 3500kg GVW or less

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
All types £260 £143

Camper vans registered before 2001 and 3500kg GVW or less

 Engine size 12 months 6 months
1549cc or less £160 £88
Over 1549cc £265 £145.75

 

How much is the road tax for my motorhome?

With a huge range of options in terms of size, weight, axles and engines, getting the right road tax VED rate for your motorhome can be a real headache. 

The system for calculating the VED or road tax class of a motorhome is similar to that of a camper van or conventional car in that the first and main factor determining the rate is the age of the vehicle. However, as the term motorhome can cover everything from a one-berth conversion to a 13-metre RV, there are other factors at play - namely the size, weight and emissions class of the vehicle.

How can I get cheap motorhome tax?

If you don’t already own a motorhome and are about to take the plunge, it is worth taking a little time to look at the taxation class before you dive in. Because the rules have changed for motorhomes classed as LGVs a few times since 2001, you may well find that a similar vehicle costs less to tax simply because it is a little older.

Motorhome tax rates

To calculate the VED rate for a motorhome, the first step is to look at the gross vehicle weight (GVW), which is sometimes called the revenue weight. Motorhomes rated at 3500kg or less are taxed as private light goods vehicles or cars, and there are different rates applied depending on its age, emissions and sometimes engine capacity.

Motorhomes that are over 3500kg GVW are taxed as private heavy goods vehicles (PHGV) and a different set of rules are applied. To make things as simple as possible, the following rules apply to motorhomes under 3500kg:

Motorhomes registered on or after 1 April 2017

Brand-new motorhomes, and those registered since 1 April 2017, generally have their VED rate calculated on their emissions - if it is a) an M1SP category vehicle, and b) it has a CO2 emissions figure on its type approval certificate. If both of those apply then you will pay VED at £0 for pure electric vehicles, £145 for petrol or diesel and £135 for alternatively-fuelled vehicles.

 Things are complicated further if you are buying new; in the first year you will pay VED on a sliding scale calculated on CO2 emissions, ranging from £0 for a zero-emissions vehicle to £2135 for over 255g/km. These figures only apply to year one however. If the vehicle list price was over £40,000 when new, there is a supplement of £320 that has to be paid in years two to six inclusive - so the VED rate is £320 for pure electric vehicles, £465 for petrol and diesel and £455 for alternatively-fuelled vehicles.

If your motorhome is not in M1SP category or it does not have CO2 figure on the type approval certificate, then the VED rules applied are the same as for older vehicles, as follows:

 

Motorhomes registered before 1 April 2017

For vehicles of this age VED rates are determined by the date of registration and its emissions class.

Euro5

Motorhomes registered between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2010 are charged £140 for 12 months.

Euro4

Motorhomes registered between 1 March 2003 and 21 December 2006 are charged £140 for 12 months.

Older motorhomes

Motorhomes registered on or after 1 March 2001 are charged £260 for 12 months, while those registered before this date are charged £160 for engines of 1549cc or less, and £265 for engines over 1549cc.

Classic motorhomes

Motorhomes made before January 1st 1979 are exempt from VED, although you do still have to tax the vehicle even though there is no charge.

Vehicles that weight over 3500kg

A separate set of rules apply for motorhomes over 3500kg, which are calculated firstly by the vehicle’s weight, the number of axles and its emissions classification where relevant. Most motorhomes will be classified as rigid goods vehicles, with vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg charged at £165 for 12 months and 7500kg to 11,999kg vehicles at £200 for 12 months.

Motorhomes at 12,000kg and upwards have an additional levy applied depending on their emissions rating, so for a vehicle between 12,000kg and 14,000kg the charge is £189.50 for a Euro VI-compliant engine, and £221 for Euro V to 0.

Motorhome tax rate tables

Calculating the VED rate for a motorhome can be a headache, especially if you are looking to buy and are considering a number of options. However, these tables are based on information from the DVLA and designed to make it as easy as possible to understand.

Motorhomes weighing 3500kg or less

CO2 emissions in g/km Petrol and RDE2 compliant diesel vehicles

Non-RDE2 diesel vehicles

Alternative-fuelled vehicles
0 £0 £0 £0
 1-50  £10  £25  £0
 51-75  £25  £110  £15
 76-90  £110  £130  £100
 91-100  £130  £150  £120
 101-110  £150  £170  £140
 111-130  £170  £210  £160
 131-150  £210  £530  £200
 151-170  £530  £855  £520
 171-190  £855  £1280  £845
 191-225  £1280  £1815  £1270
 226-255  £1815  £2135  £1805
 Over 255  £2135  £2135  £2125

First registered 1 April 2017 onwards (if M1SP and CO2 figure is included on type approval certificate) - first payment when you register the vehicle (usually added to list price).

Rates for second payment onwards (if motorhome list price is under £40,000 and bought new)

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
Petrol and diesel £145 £79.75
Electric £0 £0
Alternative fuel £135 £74.25

Rates for second to sixth annual payment (inclusive) for motorhomes over £40,000 when bought new

 Fuel type 12 months 6 months
Petrol and diesel £465 £255.75
Electric £320 £176
Alternative fuel £455 £250.25


You only have to pay this rate for five years (from the second time the vehicle is taxed). After this it reverts to the second road tax VED payment rate.

Motorhomes registered between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2010 that are Euro5 compliant and 3500kg GVW or less

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
All types £140 £77

Motorhomes registered between 1 March 2003 and 31 December 2006 that are Euro4 compliant

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
 All types  £140  £77

Motorhomes registered on or after 1 March 2001

Fuel type 12 months 6 months
All types £260 £143

Motorhomes registered before 2001

Engine size 12 months 6 months
1549cc or less £160 £88
Over 1549cc £265 £145.75

Motorhomes (rigid) weighing over 3500kg

 Revenue weight 12 months 6 months

3500kg - 7500kg

£165 £90.75
 7500kg - 11,999kg  £200  £110
11,999kg-14,000kg

Euro VI £189.50, Euro V-0 £221

Euro VI £104.20, Euro V-0 £123.10

 

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