Classic car tax confusion leads to TfL clarifying historic vehicles are ULEZ exempt

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Historic vehicle owner Allan Perry told Classic Car Weekly he had recently entered details of both of his historic models on the ULEZ checker.To his surprise, it was revealed he was liable for charges despite both of his cars being registered in the mid 1960s.

Transport for London revealed two checkers were in use which has left drivers confused.

The online tool used by Allan checks the car’s emission rates while another is used to check the vehicle’s age.

A TfL spokesperson told Classic Car Weekly: “Using the Pay to Drive in London” website will confirm that older vehicles are exempt.

“The checker your reader used checks cars based on emissions data.”

Mr Perry warned he was not aware the details he saw on his checker were wrong.

He said the confusion was “putting off” many collectors from driving and exhibiting their cars.

He said this would mean youngsters and collectors would “miss out” on seeing historic models within the capital.

Express.co.uk tested out TfL’s ‘Pay to drive in London’ with a range of historic vehicles.

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This means drivers of older models will not need to pay the heavy £12,50 per day fee to use their cars.

Drivers can save £62.50 over a five day week or £87.50 a week if drivers use their car every day.

TfL’s site clearly shows historic models which are older than 40 years old are exempt from the ULEZ charge.

TfL also lists historic vehicles under their list of models eligible for discounts and exemptions.

They said: “You can apply to stop paying vehicle tax if your vehicle was built more than 40 years ago.

“This date moves forward on a 40-year rolling system.

“For example, when the ULEZ launched in April 2019, vehicles built before 1979 were eligible to apply for historic vehicle tax class.

“All vehicles that have a historic vehicle tax class will be exempt from the ULEZ. This tax class excludes any vehicle used commercially.”

However, Drivers of modern classics registered after 1981 will still be liable for ULEZ fees.

Experts at Hagerty have warned up to 60,000 cars could be affected by the changes when the ULEZ is expanded in October.

They warn many historic owners could be priced out of ownership with many threatening to sell their cars.

All Historic car owners will still need to pay London’s Congestion Charge which is set at £15 per day.

This makes classic car ownership increasingly costly in London and major cities compared to rural areas.

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