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Prius prompts Preece to go green

THE prospect of lower fuel consumption and lower benefit-in-kind tax has prompted a senior member of staff at catering company Sodexho to choose a Toyota Prius as his company car.

Ian Preece, assistant managing director of Safeguard, Sodexho's environmental services division, carried out the first full commercial trial of the Prius by a major private company in the UK and has volunteered to change his Lexus IS200.

During his three-month trial in the Prius, covering motorway miles as well as urban driving, and making no attempt to optimise fuel consumption, Preece averaged 54mpg, and believes that covering 18,000 miles a year would result in a saving of £1,000 in fuel over his own car.

The Prius qualifies for VED at £105 rather than £155 for conventional petrol cars, and a 40% taxpayer's monthly benefit-in-kind tax bill will be £60 because of discounts for hybrid vehicles.

Preece said: 'How can I justify to my family paying an unnecessary £1,500 in income tax per year just to have a polluting car.'

Jon Pollock, general manager of Toyota Fleet, said: 'We have great confidence in our claims for the Toyota Prius, but it is very gratifying to see them corroborated in this way by such a significant independent source.'

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