Vehicle Tax in China

Information about car taxes paid by vehicle owners in the Pople's Republic of China...

Anyone owning and operating a vehicle in China is required to pay vehicle tax. Recent changes to vehicle tax law, which came into force at the start of 2012 are designed to encourage environmental protection and energy efficiency. All motorcycles and all passenger cars with up to nine seats must have vehicle tax paid on them. The amount due is based on seating capacity and a vehicle's engine size.

Electric cars and hybrid vehicles are exempt from paying vehicle tax under the new regulations.

Foreigners are also required to pay a vehicle licence plate tax. Vehicles owned and used by embassies and consulates and their personnel are exempt from this tax.

Vehicle taxes should be paid at a local tax authority office. All certificates and documents for each vehicle are needed.