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Afternoon round-up: ACFO petition, fleets need EV help, recall warning

John Pryor, Chairman, ACFOSMMT chief executive Mike Hawes

ACFO ULEV petition call

The car fleet operators’ association ACFO used its recent seminar to urge all businesses to sign its petition on raising the issue of the lack of an AFR rate for plug-in vehicles with HM Revenue & Customs. HMRC has ignored previous calls for clarity by introducing a rate.

“This is a perfect example of where Government has indicated change but not given statute for change,” said ACFO chairman John Pryor (pictured). “We need to act as one and press Government to wake up to its responsibilities.”

The petition can be found on the website.


Government must work closer with fleets to go electric: EFRA Committee chair

The chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has called for the Government to do more to encourage fleets to make the switch to electric power sooner.

Speaking exclusively toCompany Car Today, Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, said the Government “needs to engage with the company car sector more.”

Regarding issue of the confusing BIK rates for zero-emission vehicles, he said: “I think the Government is going to have to look again at that. You’ve got to give a stimulus in order to get people to change. I suppose what the Government has done is given people enough time to plan ahead, but of course by giving them time to convert they are delaying converting, especially where fleets are concerned.”


Fleet recall warning

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has called for fleets to use the new Vehicle Safety Recall Service, reminding businesses that selling a vehicle that has an outstanding recall could lead to a fine of up to £20,000 and/or three months imprisonment, while insurance could also be invalidated. The system has been used more than 2.3m times since launch three months ago, and the SMMT has now launched a fleet-dedicated version providing a bulk look-up tool to check any size of fleet.

“Our vehicle safety recall tool has already given peace of mind to millions of consumers and now it is supporting businesses, helping to keep fleets and retailers compliant, and vehicles safe on the road by enabling entire fleets to be checked quickly and regularly,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

ACFO launches petition for plug-in AFR rates