This opportunity will be reinforced by the forthcoming white paper on integrated transport, which Joseph said was likely to continue the Government's investigation into changing company car tax breaks from business to private mileage. As a result, the further company car drivers drive to the office, the higher their tax bill, since commuting counts as private mileage. And in a double whammy, those in receipt of free fuel for private motoring will pay through the nose for the perk.
'The Association of Car Fleet Operators could become the Association of Transport Managers, and start to manage commuting plans,' said Joseph. 'I think the white paper will recognise the company car as an essential business tool, but it may question what is essential use.'