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How much road tax will I have to pay for my car?

If a car is registered on your name you will have to pay road tax.

How much road tax you will have to pay depends on several factors:

  • the type of car;
  • the province you are living in;
  • the type of fuel;
  • the weight of your car;
  • the CO 2 discharge of the car;
  • the age of the car.

For a car older than 40 years the road tax is nil. The same with a car which has a CO 2 discharge of nil. Reductions are in place for cars with a reduced CO 2 discharge. 

Part of the road tax is based on the tax rate of the province. That is why road tax differs per province. 

The type of fuel is important. The highest rate is applicable to diesel, followed by gasoline and the lowest rate is for petrol.

On the website of the tax authorities a test calculation can be made.


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Comments (14)
Comment by Brian M M Mufana on Wed, Dec 30th, 2015 at 8:21 AM
This actually not write in English and refer to a home page in Dutch??
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Wed, Jan 6th, 2016 at 3:56 PM
That is correct. We provide all info in English but unfortunately the Dutch government doesn‘t provide everything in English. You can try to translate the webpage with the translation plugin of your webbrowser. We offer a free service with this Knowledge Base but don‘t have all information available ourselves, which is why we have to refer to other websites sometimes. And sometimes the only available info is in Dutch.
Comment by M Knight on Mon, Feb 15th, 2016 at 10:19 PM
Hi, How do I know if the dealer has taxed the car or not? Do I need something displayed in the car? Many thanks
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Tue, Feb 23rd, 2016 at 12:11 PM
A car dealer will not pay road tax on your behalf. When you buy the car the license plate will be registered on your name and you will start paying road tax from that day.
Comment by S Brock on Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016 at 12:37 PM
I have just bought a second hand Dutch car. Do I pay road tax (MRB) only or do I also have to pay BPM? Who do I ring or is there a website to pay my MRB? I can‘t find how to pay it on the Belastingdienst website... :(
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Wed, Aug 31st, 2016 at 6:24 PM
BPM is charged when a car is registered in the Netherlands for the first time. Since you bought a second hand Dutch car BPM is not charged additionally to you. BPM is already included in the price. Once you have registered the car on your name the tax authorities will automatically send you road tax assessments.
Comment by Ex-xPat on Mon, Sep 12th, 2016 at 9:22 PM
Brian: On the BPM: Tax on Motor-Vehicle-Ownership. This tax is typically 20%-35% of the car price. In other words, this makes the same car 20-35% more expensive than neighboring countries like Belgium or Germany. This is fully charged on a new car but used cars sellers are not quite stupid to avoid it: they also include it (full or partially) on the price of the used car you are buying. Therefore, the statement that BPM is only charged on a new car is a myth. It is not true. Future owners (after the 1st one) keep paying part of BPM when they buy a used car but the tax is included in the final used car price so it only looks like BPM is charged on a new car! Bottom line: NL is NOT a car country. They rip you off for using a car.
Comment by Mariana on Tue, Nov 22nd, 2016 at 11:56 AM
I have bought and registered my car in the NL 2 weeks ago and I still haven‘t received the invoice to pay for the roadtax. Is it ok for it to last that long? Thanks
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Mon, Jan 2nd, 2017 at 4:19 PM
If a new car is sold the BPM is included in the sale price. If you decide to sell your car after a couple of years the price you will ask for the car will be based on the original sale price including BPM minus depreciation. So although charged once, the BPM will somehow be included in the value of the car until the car is destroyed. That is also what a dealer will do. But you are right about the height of the BPM. It makes a new car very expensive, especially compared to countries around us. But taxing a car (BPM, road tax, VAT, duties on fuel, income tax on personal use of company cars) is an easy way for the government to take our money... They can always say that they do it because of the environment...
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Mon, Jan 2nd, 2017 at 4:21 PM
It can indeed take some time before you receive the road tax bill since it is charged per quarter.
Comment by Giles Chapman on Mon, Feb 13th, 2017 at 4:50 PM
Is it still the case that cars over 25yrs old are not liable for road tax? I was told there have been changes to the tax system over the last few years.
Comment by Sergio Henriques on Wed, Mar 22nd, 2017 at 10:44 AM
If i came to NL with a foreign (but from EU) license plate and i pay taxes in that country i also need to pay taxes in NL?
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Thu, Aug 10th, 2017 at 2:39 PM
From 2014 the exemption for oldtimers is only applicable if the car is older than 40 years.
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Tue, Sep 19th, 2017 at 2:21 PM
@Sergio: Road tax will have to be paid if your car has Dutch license plates. So check whether you will have to exchange your foreign plates to Dutch plates.
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