He said: 'The tax measures we have taken send a strong environmental message to fleets that the way to pay less tax is through cleaner vehicles. You now need to make drivers aware of the savings available and persuade them to use fuel-efficient vehicles. Whichever fuel is the best will be down to the judgement of the industry and it must keep up to date with cleaner fuels and vehicles which are arriving all the time.'
His comments were echoed by ACFO director Stewart Whyte, who said: 'We have been presented with a timetable showing the agenda which will dictate the way fleets do business in future. If you let staff and managers do nothing to stop higher tax bills, then drivers will not blame themselves when it happens - they will blame you.'