Businesses should consider reviewing their fleet policies due to a lack of WLTP CO2 data for some cars, says the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.
The WLTP CO2 value, derived from the new emissions test, will be used for tax purposes from April, but a shortage of reliable data threatens to disrupt the move to a new VED and company car tax regime, it says.
VED and company car tax for newly registered vehicles will use CO2 figures based on the more accurate WLTP standard from April 1 and 6 respectively.
However, many vehicle manufacturers are struggling to provide WLTP data for their cars, with the result that BVRLA members currently only have accurate CO2, electric mileage range or RDE2 compliance (latest NOx emissions standard) information for around 80% of base (pre-option) models.
With average lead times for cars at around 9-12 weeks from ordering, this data gap is hindering the leasing sector’s ability to provide accurate quotes on many different vehicles and their various configurations and options.
“The introduction of WLTP-based motoring taxes is adding yet another layer of complexity and confusion to a fleet sector that is already having to cope with a deluge of new automotive technology and local authority air quality measures,” said BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney.
“The BVRLA and its members are working with OEMs and third-party data providers to bridge this gap, but in the meantime, we would recommend customers consult with their lease providers to assess the impact on their fleet policies and procurement.”
WLTP CO2 data is available for the entire BMW range at www.bmw.co.uk. Rob East, general manager of Corporate Sales at BMW UK, said: “With the BIK tax liability a key consideration for many company car drivers when choosing a new vehicle, it’s imperative that we provide our customers with this information.
"This transparency allows them quickly to make an informed decision as to whether their favoured BMW works for them from a tax point of view. Without WLTP details, they simply have no way of knowing.”
He added: “Ensuring the easy availability of these details underlines our drive to make it as straightforward as possible for business customers to purchase a new BMW.
"It also reflects the increased level of interest that there is in our key corporate models such as the new 1 Series and new 3 Series.”
The BVRLA has contacted the SMMT, which represents vehicle manufacturers, to offer its support in addressing the WLTP data shortage. It is also working with HMRC on its forthcoming WLTP communications plan.
For more on this story, see the February edition of Fleet News.