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Car tax assessment: Curb weight or Gross weight (gross vehicle weight rating)?

The subject says it all. Does anyone know which weight figure is used for the annual road tax calculation of a private passenger car?
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Old 16.01.2011, 17:22
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Re: Car tax assessment: Curb weight or Gross weight (gross vehicle weight rating)?

I think this kind of question has already been asked, did you search the forum ?

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The subject says it all. Does anyone know which weight figure is used for the annual road tax calculation of a private passenger car?
In view that the law is written with a view to obtaining a maximum of tax and applied by the same people, i'll give you one guess at to which figure the authorites will use.


That's right, you got it, THE LARGER ONE of the two, !
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Old 16.01.2011, 17:58
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I think this kind of question has already been asked, did you search the forum ?

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Yes, I searched. My Google-Fu failed.

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Old 16.01.2011, 17:59
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Re: Car tax assessment: Curb weight or Gross weight (gross vehicle weight rating)?

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In view that the law is written with a view to obtaining a maximum of tax and applied by the same people, i'll give you one guess at to which figure the authorites will use.


That's right, you got it, THE LARGER ONE of the two, !
sucky. My little tin-can with a coffee grinder motor is costing me over 400Sfr. These guys are in competition with California, it seems.
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Re: Car tax assessment: Curb weight or Gross weight (gross vehicle weight rating)?

Yep- you'll get taxed on the weight printed on the grey ownership paper.
My car (according to the manufacturer) weighs 1470 kg; the weight on the grey slip says 1570 kg- that's the value used for the tax calculation.
In reality, it is never going to get close to 1470, which would be for a lowest possible spec car with minimal fuel/fluids and all extraneous weight removed; I reckon it's around 1500-1520 kg if I took out the spare wheel, mats etc.
It's a bit like manufacturer's official fuel economy figures- which are not calculated by driving o any roads, more in a lab environment- absolute fantasy!
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Old 17.01.2011, 17:06
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Re: Car tax assessment: Curb weight or Gross weight (gross vehicle weight rating)?

The weight figure on the door post (if they read this) is the manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating which I believe is different from the European definition of "gross weight."

GVWR in the US is the curb weight plus the maximum permissible load of fuel, passengers, and cargo. My car weighs about 1150kg but the tax bill has 1563kg if memory serves (I need to look at it again).
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Re: Car tax assessment: Curb weight or Gross weight (gross vehicle weight rating)?

For some reason, I always thought engine size was involved as well (i.e. CO2 output)... or not?
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For some reason, I always thought engine size was involved as well (i.e. CO2 output)... or not?
It is. The engine is only 80kw.

CO2 only becomes a factor when it's below a certain level (not applicable in my case).
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Re: Car tax assessment: Curb weight or Gross weight (gross vehicle weight rating)?

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In view that the law is written with a view to obtaining a maximum of tax and applied by the same people, i'll give you one guess at to which figure the authorites will use.


That's right, you got it, THE LARGER ONE of the two, !
Road tax is cantonal, and each canton uses its own tax schedule. The vast majority of schedules are horse-power based (or a derivation thereof, like fiscal HP based on displacement), not curb weight based.
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Old 17.01.2011, 18:23
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Road tax is cantonal, and each canton uses its own tax schedule. The vast majority of schedules are horse-power based (or a derivation thereof, like fiscal HP based on displacement), not curb weight based.
Vaud uses a product of both weight and engine output.
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Vaud uses a product of both weight and engine output.
Vaud:
Tax based of CHF 40. add:

CHF 0.15 per kg until 2000 kg and CHF 0.30 for every additional Kg

CHF 2. per kW until 100 kW and CHF 3. for every additional kW

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http://www.vd.ch/fr/themes/mobilite/...es-de-3500-kg/
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