Write to your MP to ensure they appreciate the gravity of legislative changes impacting on the fleet sector, environmental protection - and the Treasury's coffers.
This is our plea ahead of the October 29 Budget as Fleet News seeks to generate the maximum amount of pressure on the Government through its Fleet Budget Manifesto.
We've made it easy for you by providing the letters for you. Fill in your details - and personalise the letter as much as you want - then send it to your MP as soon as possible.
We also urge you to encourage your drivers to do the same. Below is also a link to a letter you can forward to your drivers so they can give their support to the campaign.
You can find out the required details on your MP on the Parliament website.
Fleet News is urging the industry to support calls for the Chancellor to address key fleet concerns in the forthcoming budget.
We have joined with the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association and the Association of Car Fleet Operators to make representations to Treasury ahead of the Budget.
The stakes couldn't be higher at this critical time, as the following six points in the Fleet Budget Manifesto make clear:
Realign BIK to take account of WLTP-based CO2
Reconsider 4% diesel supplement
Bring forward the 2% BIK incentive for ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVS) to April 2019
Raise ULEV incentives through a long-term commitment to grants
Commit to a longer-term view of BIK - four to five years
Begin consulting on future and alternative company car taxation policies.
Here's an excerpt from the letter from fleet decision-makers: "Fleets operated by employers such as ourselves are leading the way in the drive towards lower emissions. However, our ability to continue making this contribution is at real risk with more and more of our employees choosing to give up their company car in favour of a company provided ‘cash allowance’.
"The evidence suggests that these employees drive higher polluting vehicles.
"We are concerned the current company car tax (CCT) regime is increasingly burdensome for employees. Our employees are facing a significant increase in tax for using a company car, many of whom are now considering alternative options.
"We are concerned the current regime is disincentivising employees from using a company car meaning the sustainability of this tax revenue – from the Treasury’s perspective - is under threat."
And from those from drivers: "If I continue driving a company car, I’m concerned that I’ll now be penalised because of the move to WLTP – the new fuel testing scheme – which will be used for tax purposes from April 2020.
"I’m worried that this has caused an unintended tax rise because the new testing procedure produces higher CO₂ emissions figures – possibly as much as 25% higher. If this happened the benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax I pay would increase significantly."
Please write to your MP
> Download this letter (word doc) to forward to your drivers so they can write to their MPs. (You could send them a link to this article instead)
Anyone in the fleet industry can add their name to our manifesto.
More than 300 people have already done so.
Your name will be part of our joint representation to the Treasury ahead of the Budget.
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