Could I be Exempt from Paying Car Tax?
I have had four operations on my lower spine which prevents me from walking more than 100metres before I am in severe pain. My Doctor is aware of my condition. I understand I could qualify to be Exempt from paying tax on my Car. could you advise me how I go about claiming
It is possible that you are eligible for exemption from paying tax.
Exemption from Paying Car TaxBroadly speaking, if you fall into one or more of the following categories you should be eligible for an exemption from paying car tax:
- You are a disabled person, claiming the higher rate of the Disability Living Allowance mobility component
- You are in receipt of a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
- You have an invalid carriage
The vehicle which you claim exemption from paying tax on must be registered in your name or the name of a nominee.
To be eligible for car tax exemption the car which is exempt must be used only for you, for example to aid you with shopping, visiting a doctor and getting to family and friends. If the car is registered in the name of a nominee they must also only use the car for your purposes and not any personal errands or outings.
Getting an Exemption CertificateYou’ll first need to apply for an exemption certificate and if your application is successful, you’ll be issued with a free tax disc.
You should apply for this exemption certificate from whoever issues the relevant benefit to you.
If you claim the Disability Living Allowance mobility component at the higher rate you should contact the Disability Living Allowance Unit in Blackpool. The number is 0845 712 3456.
Those claiming War Pensioners Mobility Supplement need to get in contact with the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. The number is 0800 169 2277 and the office is based in Lancashire.
Once you have been issued an exemption certificate you can claim your free disc at any Post Office and renew it as you normally would each year.
Vehicles Not Requiring an Exemption Certificate
In some cases you may be able to get a free tax disc without having to apply for an exemption certificate.
If you have an invalid carriage or a motability contract hire vehicle you should be able to get a free tax disc without applying for an exemption certificate.
If you have an invalid carriage that weighs less than 113 kg, you don’t need to display a tax disc. For vehicles over this but under 509kg, you’ll need to fill in a form – ask at your local post office or call your local DVLA office.
When you hire a motability vehicle, the organisation will organise a free tax disc for you.