BVRLA and other leading trade bodies are making a collective call to industry to take action - on government’s consultation Review of WLTP and vehicle taxes
As the closing date looms on government’s consultation Review of WLTP and vehicle taxes, the BVRLA and other leading trade bodies are making a collective call to industry to take action.
Concerned that government’s continued lack of alignment of its taxation and environmental policies will result in a failure to remedy the current vehicle tax regime, the BVRLA is urging industry colleagues to respond to the consultation which closes on 17 February.
In its response the BVRLA is calling upon government to:
“With the current tax regime incentivising drivers to opt-out of company car schemes and take cash allowances, there is a real and present danger that without a change in gear on tax, we will see the demise of the company car and a missed opportunity to put cleaner vehicles on the road.
“WLTP is designed to offer motorists greater transparency. It should not be seen as an opportunity for the Chancellor to boost the Treasury coffers. Without making the necessary WLTP-related vehicle tax adjustments, the Chancellor will be simply abusing his position by opportunistically raising taxes and punishing hard pressed families and businesses.”
When government published its ‘Road to Zero’ strategy in 2018, it emphasised the need for the transition to zero-emission vehicles to be industry-led. The BVRLA and its members responded by launching the BVRLA Plug-in Pledge, outlining ambitions to see its members’ combined plug-in vehicle fleet size surge from 50,000 today to 720,000 by 2025.
Keaney continued: “With over 5 million vehicles on fleet, our members have demonstrated their commitment and capability to drive the ‘Road to Zero’ but we now need government to play its part by creating a vehicle tax regime that is fit-for-purpose. That should start by making the right tax adjustments to support a smooth transition to WLTP and adjusting the tax regime to incentivise the uptake of company cars.”