Fleet decision-makers still have time to comment on a Government review into the impact of WLTP on VED and company car tax.
Pace of growth of plug-in registrations in the UK is half the EU average.
The Government is being warned that a failure to recognise the impact of WLTP on tax could cause long-term damage to the fleet sector and the environment.
By Dan Rees, associate director, head of cars and fleet consulting at Deloitte
Fleets should press the Treasury to scrap the 4% diesel surcharge next year to mitigate the impact of the new emissions testing regime on tax, says TMC.
The used fleet market in December was surprisingly buoyant and perhaps out- performed the expectations of many of the fleet vendors.
Lex Autolease believes the number of company car taxpayers could drop from 940,000 to 832,000 by April 2020 as a result of OpRA tax changes and WLTP.
With so much media attention on Brexit there has been quite a welcome reduction in diesel coverage in the media.
A review into the impact of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) on VED and company car tax has been launched by HMRC.
Volkswagen Financial Services Fleet (VWFSF) has launched an online WLTP calculator aimed at helping organisations negotiate the uncertainty caused by the new emissions testing regime.
The European Court of Justice says that the European Commission had no power to weaken emissions limits for on-the-road tests.
The growing demand for used cars, particularly diesels should encourage more fleet and dealer vendors to consider refurbishing stock prior to sale to increase their disposal profits.
The introduction of new emissions testing has disrupted car choice lists and CO2 caps whether fleets run a total cost of ownership (TCO) or lease rate model.
End of contract damage charges continue to be a bone of contention between leasing companies and their customers.
Leasing companies are showing an unusual optimism around car residual values, Fleet News' FN50 reseach has revealed.
Average CO2 emissions for cars across the FN50 have risen by a little more than 1g/km to 116.9g/km (up from 115.6g/km last year) and are now on a par with 2016 levels (117g/km).
Personal Contract Hire (PCH) is expected to grow next year as FN50 leasing companies launch new products designed to target cash-takers and company car drivers.
A new emissions testing regime, economic uncertainty and a demand for greater flexibility have all impacted fleet funding and replacement cycles over the past year.
Fleets are considering delaying disposal of their vehicles until the uncertainty surrounding WLTP is cleared up, says ADESA Remarketing.
By Ashley Barnett, head of consultancy, Lex Autolease
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