From 1 April 2008, the first registration fee for new car sales will rise 10% from £50 to £55. The move is expected by the Society of Motor Manufacturers to generate an additional £11 million for the Treasury. With new car sales forecast to reach 2.34 million over the next twelve months, total revenue from the tax will raise £128 million.
The fee was introduced in 1998. Originally, it was set at £25. However, successive rises have seen it more than double in a decade.
“We hope this is not a move by the Treasury to plug holes in its finances,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “In the grand scheme an extra £11 million in tax and a fiver for new car buyers might not sound like much. However, we fear that this every-little-helps approach could be the basis for further changes to motoring taxes in March's budget.”