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Company cars' vital role into millennium

FLEET cars will retain a vital role in keeping British industry moving well into the 21st century while work continues to produce viable alternatives. Roads minister Lord Whitty backed up several claims from fellow ministers and local authorities that measures to curb the car were aimed at making the roads clearer for essential vehicle users, especially fleet drivers, along with public transport.

Whitty said: 'The Government is making sure the car has the proper place in the transport system. It will be essential in the near future and into the 21st century because of the great flexibility it offers. They key part is that fleets are essential car users.' He added that efforts were being made by the Government to correct the current tax regime which seemingly penalises fleets which try to encourage staff on to alternative transport.

'The company car tax scheme has had an effect on non-essential car users and in time that helps clear routes for those who need the car for business,' Lord Whitty said. 'However, there is discussion about the current tax system. The aim is to tax car use rather than ownership and discourage highly-polluting vehicles.'

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