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Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994

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5(1)The annual rate of vehicle excise duty applicable to a recovery vehicle is £85.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1)“recovery vehicle” means a vehicle which is constructed or permanently adapted primarily for any one or more of the purposes of lifting, towing and transporting a disabled vehicle.

(3)A vehicle is not a recovery vehicle if at any time it is used for a purpose other than—

(a)the recovery of a disabled vehicle,

(b)the removal of a disabled vehicle from the place where it became disabled to premises at which it is to be repaired or scrapped,

(c)the removal of a disabled vehicle from premises to which it was taken for repair to other premises at which it is to be repaired or scrapped,

(d)carrying fuel and other liquids required for its propulsion and tools and other articles required for the operation of, or in connection with, apparatus designed to lift, tow or transport a disabled vehicle, and

(e)any purpose prescribed for the purposes of this sub-paragraph by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(4)At any time when a vehicle is being used for either of the purposes specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of sub-paragraph (3), use for—

(a)the carriage of a person who, immediately before the vehicle became disabled, was the driver of or a passenger in the vehicle,

(b)the carriage of any goods which, immediately before the vehicle became disabled, were being carried in the vehicle, or

(c)any purpose prescribed for the purposes of this sub-paragraph by regulations made by the Secretary of State,

shall be disregarded in determining whether the vehicle is a recovery vehicle.

(5)A vehicle is not a recovery vehicle if at any time the number of vehicles which it is used to recover exceeds a number specified for the purposes of this sub-paragraph by an order made by the Secretary of State.

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