Venson Automotive Solutions has launched a white paper on the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and urged fleets to get to grips with what it means for them and their drivers.
WLTP is the replacement for the long-established New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) vehicle testing procedure. The changes will test cars and light vans in more ‘real-world’ style conditions, which means that CO2 emissions are rising and fuel economy reducing on some models, compared to the figures quoted under NEDC.
The Government will introduce a tax monitoring system based on WLTP CO2 values in April 2020. This will see a transition period with manufacturers publishing figures obtained under WLTP testing, but converted back to a comparable NEDC value, known as an NEDC-correlated figure.
As a result, these figures will be higher than under the previous NEDC test cycle, which means motorists will have to play higher vehicle-related tax.
Additionally, says Venson, vehicle list prices could rise as manufacturers introduce technological improvements to counter any rise in CO2 emissions and reductions in efficiency.
Danielle Tilley, business development director of Venson Automotive Solutions, said: “What is absolutely certain is that if vehicle CO2 figures have not been influential in the compilation of company car policies to date, they are now fast becoming critical.
"Meanwhile, not only is CO2 data vital, but those ‘must have’ optional extras beloved of many company car drivers may be confined to the dustbin come April 2020. That’s because, for the first time, options will be included in the CO2 /mpg testing process."
She added: “WLTP is here and organisations must understand its impact on company car policies and fleet choice.
"They also need to understand the timeline for the full implementation of WLTP and the related Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test, as well as getting to grips with how both WLTP and RDE impacts on all aspects of vehicle related taxation between 2018 and 2020.
"Businesses need to make sure they are prepared for further change once the Government announces the shape of all vehicle-related taxation from April 2020.”