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Fast-cycle about-turn by Revenue

THE Inland Revenue is moving away from its fast-cycle policy for upper medium cars on its 1,600-strong fleet because sharp depreciation has made the scheme uneconomic. But the organisation will continue its 11-month holding period for cars with engines smaller than 1.4-litres, because second-hand demand for these cars remains high.

Stan Ayling, the Inland Revenue's head of commercial operations, said: 'Cars above 1,400cc are not paying their way, and are losing half their value in 11 months.' This depreciation is outstripping the £700 per car saving achieved by selling cars in under a year while their warranty is still valid.

As a result, the Inland Revenue is moving towards a two-tier system in which smaller cars will be fast-cycled and larger cars kept for longer periods. 'A fast cycle policy is a question of being flexible,' said Ayling.

'If I put the 1.4s on an 11-month cycle and the rest on a two-year cycle, I can still change if the market changes. Drivers love changing their cars once a year, and in the public sector, where you cannot give people perk cars, there is still a 'perk' in having a new car every year even if you are paying the full cost.'

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