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Support grows for campaign

INDUSTRY-wide support is growing for the 'CO2 Confusion: Clear Up Clean Up' campaign launched by sister title Fleet News to help fleet managers prepare for CO2-based company car tax in 2002.

Among the companies adding their support this week is CAP Motor Research, which has said it will be offering CO2 emissions data as part of its Technical Data Service. Richard Whittles, CAP data acquisition operations manager, said: 'CO2 emissions will become a hugely important factor in determining company car drivers' tax bills when the new tax regime arrives in April 2002.'

Major fleet players including Ford and Vauxhall have already given their backing to the campaign and among manufacturers said to be considering offering CO2 information on all their product details, from brochures to posters in dealerships and on information provided to fleets, is International Motors, importer of Subaru and Isuzu models. However, it said that at present it would only offer information on request and was aiming to have CO2 information freely available when the proposed new taxation system comes into effect in 2002, although it was 'open to persuasion'.

The campaign is calling for CO2 figures to be included next to list prices in all publicity and in dealer fleet invoices as fleets purchasing vehicles now on traditional three-year/60,000-mile replacement cycles will see the cars taxed under both the present system and the proposed new system.

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