Fleet NewsNet revealed last week that the scheme to tax private mileage had been abandoned amid concern that it would encourage use of privately-owned, less environmentally-friendly cars and a significant increase in the administrative burden facing businesses and company car drivers. Roy McCrudden, fleet engineer for Argos, said: 'I feel it is good news that the Government has dropped its plans. The thinking was flawed and would have been difficult to police.'
Paul Holmes, fleet manager of British Gas Services called for fleet managers to take a more active role in making sure drivers used their vehicles only for essential journeys. Stewart Gilham, fleet manager of The More Group, said: 'There is a problem with the current system. There should be more banding and the upper limit should be raised so only true high-mileage drivers could reach it.'