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Get briefed on Brown's 2002 Budget

THE Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is calling for a block on tax rises for motorists in the Budget this month. It has also urged Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown to face up to the UK motor industry's problems.

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said: 'The UK automotive sector saw positive results in 2001 and we now need a stable economic platform to move forward as an industry.'

Its wish list includes a freeze on all taxation affecting motorists, although company car drivers have already been hit by a 16% increase in the tax on free fuel for private mileage.

Key issues raised by the Budget on April 17 will be examined at the Fleet News Budget Briefing, to be held on Tuesday April 23 at the Oxford Hotel, Oxford.

Speakers at the event, which costs £99 (+ VAT), include Alastair Kendrick, director of PAYE and NIC Solutions, Ernst & Young, who will outline what the Chancellor said in the Budget in relation to company cars and John Given, sales director of LloydsTSB Autolease, who will look at low emission vehicle options for fleets.

Stewart Whyte, managing director, Fleet Audits, is being sponsored by Kwik-Fit Fleet to talk about Budget implications, while Professor Peter Cooke, head of the centre for Automotive Industries Management, at Nottingham Trent University, will release the results of Avis Rent a Car's environmental 'Eco survey' conducted in conjunction with Fleet News.

John Whiteman of the International Car Development Programme will talk about proposed Block Exemption changes.

The briefing is sponsored by Kwik-Fit Fleet, Avis Rent a Car and LloydsTSB autolease.

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