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Emission figures booklet change

FLEET managers will have to rely on car manufacturers and the internet for information about individual cars' carbon dioxide emissions. From this month, the Vehicle Certification Agency's 'New Car Fuel Consumption and Emission Figures' booklet is expected to become 'indicative' rather than absolute.

This will allow manufacturers to group together certain vehicles for the sake of simplicity, but fleets will not be able to rely on the figures published as anything more than a guideline. Knowledge of these emissions will become imperative under the new Vehicle Excise Duty and company car tax regimes.

The Government insists that the definitive CO2 value for any vehicle, and hence its tax liability, will be the figure that appears on the vehicle's V5 registration document. This has raised concern among fleet operators that they may order a vehicle thinking it has a particular CO2 rating, only for the delivered vehicle's documents to show a higher score. In borderline cases this could force a vehicle into a higher VED band, increasing fleet costs, and increasing a driver's company car tax.

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