Fleet News

HMRC publishes new advisory fuel rates from December

Fuel pumps, petrol station pumps.

HMRC has released its latest advisory fuel rates (AFRs), to come into force from December 1.

There are no changes to the rates for petrol cars, but the rate for diesel cars, with an engine above 2,000cc, increases by 1p per mile (ppm), from 13-14ppm. All other diesel rates remain unchanged.

There is also a 1ppm increase for LPG vehicles with an engine of 1,400cc or less, from 7-8ppm, and for LPG vehicles with an engine from 1,600-2,000cc, from 9-10ppm. LPG vehicles with an engine above 2,000cc will see a 2ppm increase from December 1, from 13-15ppm.   

The advisory electricity rate (AER) for plug-in cars remains unchanged at 4ppm.

Full tables are available on our Fleet FAQ page.

Click here for fuel and fuel cards best practice and procurement insight

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Comment as guest

Login  /  Register


  • Steve Best - 23/11/2018 11:21

    That's crackers for the electric car at 4ppm, If I use a complete tank of electric 90Kw, it will get me approx. 220 miles in my Tesla. That's 90Kw at 0.15p per Kw = £12.60. 220 miles at 4ppm = £8.80. How is that fair?

    Reply as guest

    Login  /  Register
    • Sage & Onion - 23/11/2018 14:32

      Maybe ask your employer to provide, and pay for, all of your fuel (electricity) and then pay them back your private mileage at 4p per mile? Would that be fairer? I suppose 6p per mile would be fairer for both business and private AFR rate, but I guess it also depends on the drivers electric tariff and when and where they charge up.

      Reply as guest

      Login  /  Register
  • Kieron Thompson - 23/11/2018 14:39

    Hi. Could anyone kindly advise as to whether Advisory Fuel rates are generally fair on drivers? I am having a few drivers complain they are currently leaving them out of pocket, but haven't done the numbers myself yet to check this. Thanks.

    Reply as guest

    Login  /  Register
  • Gordy - 23/11/2018 19:59

    Ref. Steve Best’s comments. Steve - it isn’t fair. It isn’t right. It isn’t proper (like Poldark!). You have to accept you are both funding the government through this AND helping them to avoid their emissions targets by a narrower margin (as they’ve moved the goal posts and put a £315 per year tax disc for 5 years on every car over £40k). It’s bl0*dy ridiculous. I have had enough. After two consecutive EVs and 76000 miles pure EV driving I AM going back to diesel for as long as possible (no visible smoke). I will not be a cash cow. Sorry.

    Reply as guest

    Login  /  Register
  • Sage & Onion - 26/11/2018 09:47

    There are alternatives. Either have the employer pay for ALL fuel and then recharge the driver back for their private mileage at the AFR rate (that would benefit the driver but penalise the employer); or challenge the employer to work out the fuel reimbursement rate at actual cost, then no-one loses out, albeit this involves a lot of extra admin and it is sometimes best to keep things simple.

    Reply as guest

    Login  /  Register
Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee