The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is spearheading an industry-wide call to action amid concerns that the Government is seriously considering doing nothing to balance the effect of major emissions rises under the forthcoming move to WLTP testing figures.

The change, for the 2020/21 tax year, is expected to see figures rise by a minimum of 10-20%, which would see increases in company car benefit-in-kind taxation, company National Insurance payments and Vehicle Excise Duty for identical carts registered before and after the beginning of the 2020 tax year.

The Government is currently running a consultation called Review of WLTP and Vehicle Taxes to investigate the next steps, and there are growing concerns within the industry that rather than the original revenue-neutral standpoint, the alternative of doing nothing and letting costs for business and drivers increase is gaining traction within Whitehall.

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The BVRLA is calling on fleets, company car drivers, suppliers and others within the company car marketplace to respond to the consultation to ensure the Treasury understands the impact of ramping up taxes that have already accelerated sharply in recent years.

“Fleet industry suppliers, employers and drivers need to come together and send a clear message to government that a simple, fair and proportionate CCT and VED regime are vital tools in tackling climate change and air quality,” said the BVRLA’s call to action web page, which sets out the easy steps for involved parties to have their voices heard, and can be found at www.bvrla.co.uk/resource/taking-action-on-wltp.html.

The site has specific sections for driver, employer or fleet industry, giving guidance about what sort of response is required and the ability to file a response directly onto the site that the BVRLA will then collate and forward to the Treasury.

The consultation closes on Sunday 17 February, and can also be submitted directly to HM Treasury via the email address RHMTETTAnswers@hmtreasury.gov.uk