Re-Registering Car more than 10 years old - Does Malus tax apply?


I'm considering re-registering a LHD UK plated car which is over 10 years old (first registration 2002) but I am not sure if there will be a penalty for the emissions of the car under the malus tax scheme or not.

Has anyone re-registered an older car which has a large size engine. This car is a 4l petrol engine.

I can't find anything on the Ademe site about whether the tax applies to cars before 2004 - it only gives details of new and occasion vehicles post 2004.

Anyone got any experience of this?


It was cheaper at the Prefecteur for us to register our car of 12 years. No problems. But no idea about a 4litre.
I always ask at ours what paperwork I need and how much? Might be worth a phone call or visit if you can. Good luck!

I never got back to updating this but I did go ahead and re-register the car and was very pleasantly surprised as it was cheaper than 2 years road tax in the UK so definitely worth doing. I wish I’d done it sooner.