ACFO director Stewart Whyte, who is also the managing director of Petersfield-based vehicle fleet consultancy Fleet Audits, has already written to his local MP Michael Mates complaining at the proposed introduction of the 'new tax' and urging him to oppose its introduction. In the letter Whyte says two main concerns are 'virtually universal':
On Thursday the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Retail Motor Industry Federation met Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency civil servants to discuss the proposed £25 fee. RMI chief executive Christopher Macgowan said it had been a 'difficult' meeting and added: 'We registered very strongly our shock at this unexpected proposal and I hope they realised how strongly we feel about it.'
An angry Eddie West, accounting services manager at Honeywell Control Systems, said the £25 registration fee would cost the company £10,0000-£12,500 a year based on current purchasing patterns. 'If this is the policy of the Labour Government it will be confrontation not consultation from a fleet industry point of view,' he said. 'What do we get for it? It is a complete con.'