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Brain injury survivors may be entitled to a road tax reduction or exemption

Tue 13 Aug 2019

If you are in receipt of certain benefits after brain injury, you may qualify for a partial or complete reduction in the cost of your road tax.

Am I eligible?

50% reduction

People who receive the standard rate mobility component of Personal Independent Payment (PIP) are entitled to a 50% reduction.

100% reduction/exemption

People who receive the enhanced rate mobility component of PIP or the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are entitled to a road tax exemption.

How do I claim?

To claim the reduction/exemption the vehicle must be:

50% reduction

If you are entitled to a 50% reduction then you need to send the appropriate paperwork to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DZ.

You should include the following with your application:

100% reduction/exemption

When applying for free tax you must also change the vehicle’s tax class. To do this you need to take the following documents into a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax:

To find your nearest Post Office that deals with vehicle tax go to:

Find out more about applying for a reduction or exemption here.

Motability Scheme

People who qualify for the 100% reduction may also qualify to join the Motability Scheme, which provides a new car every three years in exchange for a part or the total amount of their benefit.

Members of the Motability Scheme will have their car taxed automatically and do not need to re-apply every year. Find out more about the scheme here.


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