| 1. Who can get exemption? All vehicles on the road are liable to Vehicle Excise Duty, better known as road tax. However, exemption from VED (including the first Registration Fee) for one car only, is given to some disabled people.
If you get one of the following benefits you, or your appointee, or someone you choose to nominate in your place, can apply for exemption from VED.
If you are in receipt of the standard rate mobility component of personal independence payment, you will be entitled to a 50% reduction in your VED. Long stay hospital patients with transitional protection can still get the exemption. However, technically "a vehicle is only an exempt vehicle when it is being used, or kept for use by or for the purposes of a disabled person". Neither the DWP nor the Department of Transport have defined exactly what this means. The disabled person does not necessarily have to be in the car, instead, it could be used to do their shopping or running errands: However, the use of an exempt car for purposes totally unconnected with the disabled person is unlawful. The probability of being prosecuted is low and is only likely to occur where there is flagrant abuse of the exemption, for example where a non-disabled person uses the vehicle to drive to work. The DVLA has implied that, where the car is used substantially for the purposes of the disabled person, there is nothing to worry about. But note these dangers. You can then use the certificate issued by the DWP as proof of exemption when applying for exemption from the Vehicle Licensing Agency. The above information is an extract taken from the Disability Rights Handbook 39th Edition, Chapter 6: Help with Mobility (section 2).
- High rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Enhanced mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- War Pesioners' Mobility Supplement
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
Passengers getting DLA Care Component or Attendance Allowance:
Road tax exemption for passengers getting DLA care component or attendance allowance was abolished in 12/10/93. So long as you were exempt before this date, or applied for help before the 12/10/93 transitional arrangements mean you will continue to get help under the old scheme.
2. Nominating another person’s vehicle
If you receive a qualifying benefit you can nominate another person’s vehicle to be exempt from road tax. This may also apply to a company car registered in the name of the company - the person receiving the qualifying benefit should nominate the company for exemption. In order to qualify for exemption, the vehicle should be used "by or for the purposes of" the disabled person. The named person who gets the exemption may be changed at any time. For example, if you have nominated someone else for exemption and then get your own car, the exemption can be returned to you.
3. If you are refused exemption
Even if you have an exemption certificate from the DWP, it is within the discretion of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to refuse to grant exemption from road tax if they think that the vehicle will not be used “solely by or for the purposes of’’ the disabled person. They are unlikely to do this unless your intended use of the vehicle would blatantly breach this condition.
If you are refused exemption, there is no formal procedure for appealing. However, you can write, giving full details of why you think you qualify for exemption, the purposes for which the vehicle will be used etc., to :
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Vehicle Enquiry Centre
Swansea SA99 1ZZ
Telephone: 0300 790 6802
4. How to claim Exemption from Vehicle Tax
You claim the exemption when you apply for vehicle tax. You can do this:
0300 123 4321
At the Post Office (a branch that deals with vehicle tax)
You'll need the following:
- Your exemption certificate serial number
- The surname, date of birth and National Insurance number of the exemption certificate holder.
Your exemption certificate must be one of the following:
- Certificate of entitlement for Disability Living Allowance
- Statement of entitlement for Personal Independence Payment
- Annual certificate of entitlement
You must claim at a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax if you're claiming for a particular vehicle for the first time. You can't so this online or by phone.
To claim for Vehicle Tax Reduction you need to send all of the following to DVLA Swansea:
- Your statment of entitlement (this can be found at the end of your PIP award letter)
- The vehicle registration certificate (V5C)
- A V10 form
- An original MOT or GVT certificate (if your vehicle needs one)
- A cheque or payable order (made out to DVLA Swansea) for 50% of the full rate of car tax for the vehicle. The current rates can be found at www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax-rate-tables.
The address to send your documents is:
You will need to request a replacement certificate if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged or the details of the registered keeper/vehicle has changed. You should contact the relevant department below:
DLA Tel: 03457 123456 Textphone: 03457 224433
PIP Tel: 0345 8503322 Textphone: 0345 6016677
Veterans UK Tel: 0808 1914 218
If you claim the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment
If you claim the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment, you will need to apply for an exemption certificate WPA0442. This will show your name and that of the nominee if you have nominated someone to drive for you.
To do this, contact the Ministry of Defence and ask for exemption certificate WPA0442.
Ministry of Defence
Buying a new vehicle
If you are buying a new vehicle and it is being registered for the first time, the dealer may licence it for you. If this is the case you will need to let him have your Entitlement Certificate and Certificate of Insurance and he will make the application on your behalf.
If you hire a vehicle through the Motability Scheme they will arrange to tax your vehicle each year, for the whole of your lease.
5. Certificate of Entitlement
The Disability Benefits Centre will automatically send you a Certificate of Entitlement every year to show you qualify for road tax exemption. The unit will only do this if you continue to be entitled to the higher rate mobility component of DLA or the enhanced mobility component of PIP.
6. What to do if I sell my vehicle or am no longer entitled to the Road Tax Exemption?
If you sell your vehicle or your entitlement ends, you should contact the DVLA on 0300 790 6802.
Whilst all the information given in this fact sheet was correct at the time of going to press,
DIAL Doncaster cannot be held responsible for any subsequent changes.