Wasting assets: road vehicles
TCGA92/S45 & TCGA92/S263
Any motor vehicle which was constructed or has been adapted to carry passengers is not a chargeable asset unless it is of a type which is not normally used as a private vehicle and is unsuited for such use. Disposals of normal motor cars are therefore exempt under TCGA92/S263. This includes vintage cars of this type.
Other road vehicles
The exemption provided by section 263 doesn’t apply to such vehicles as:
- taxi cabs
- racing cars
- single seat sports cars
- vans, lorries or other commercial vehicles
- motor cycles, scooters or motor cycle/sidecar combinations.
However, vehicles are machinery which means they are a wasting asset under TCGA92/S44(1)(c). The disposal of a chattel (tangible moveable property) which is a wasting asset may be exempt under TCGA92/S45(1), see CG76721.
A disposal of such a vehicle will only give rise to a chargeable gain where capital allowances were, or could have been, claimed. See CG15400+ for cases involving capital allowances.