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Report slates fleet departments over tax advice

COMPANY car drivers have learnt more about the changes to company car tax through the newspapers and television than through their own fleet departments, a major survey claims.

The RAC Report on Motoring 2002, unveiled on Tuesday, said 63% of company car drivers found out about tax changes through the media, while only 15% claimed they had learned through their employers. It also revealed that only 25% of the 174 company car drivers questioned intend to change the size or type of their car in the next three years as a result of taxation changes.

Of those not changing their vehicles, 21% did not have a direct choice, 14% needed a specific size of vehicle, 12% did not care about the costs and 18% did not care about the environment. Only a fifth of those surveyed said they would consider driving an alternatively-fuelled vehicle in the next three years.

The survey claimed that only 53 of the 174 drivers (30%) questioned knew about the changes to company car tax.

However, a survey of 11,583 company car drivers carried out as part of a Fleet News/Ford survey last year revealed awareness of the tax changes at more than 90%.

The RAC Report on Motoring 2002 also revealed that motorists are wedded to their cars more than ever, despite Government efforts to promote alternative transport. In a warning for the future, 74% of teenage pre-drivers already consider themselves reliant on the car.

In keeping with findings in previous surveys during the report's 14-year history, 77% of company car drivers said the vehicle was an essential part of their job.

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