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£1 billion fiddle claims dismissed

PRESSURE group Transport 2000's anti-company car report which claimed the Treasury was losing £1 billion through fiddles and undertaxing has been blasted by the 1996 Lex Report on Motoring - 'Listening to the needs of Company Motorists'.

Transport 2000's report claimed that because many company car drivers received free fuel they drove more private miles thus increasing pollution, the company car undermined attempts to make public transport more attractive and that the company car was 'a four wheeled perk' (Fleet News November 10, 1995).

However, the Lex report says the average number of business miles driven by company car drivers annually was 14,400, but the number of private miles they drove had dropped in the last year to 5,900 compared with the private motorist who travelled 7,200 private miles a year. And with fleet cars being newer than private cars, the report says company cars are more environmentally friendly with older, privately-owned cars causing much of the pollution.

The report also takes Transport 2000 to task over its 'four wheeled perk claim' and says 74% of company car drivers believe their vehicle is essential for their job, rising to 96% among those who drive more than 20,000 miles each year. According to the report just 7% of drivers see their vehicle as a perk.

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