The BVRLA has called on fleet decision-makers to review their policies now, ahead of April, as it warned a continued shortage of reliable data could disrupt the move to a new VED and company car tax regime.
VED and company car tax for newly registered vehicles will use CO2 figures based on the WLTP standard from 1 and 6 April 2020 respectively. Many vehicle manufacturers are struggling to provide WLTP data for their cars, with the result that BVRLA members currently only have accurate CO2, electric mileage range or RDE2 compliance (latest NOx emissions standard) information for around 80% of base (pre-option) models, the organisation said.
The BVRLA warned that with average lead times for cars at around 9-12 weeks from ordering, this data gap is hindering the leasing sector’s ability to provide accurate quotes on many different vehicles and their various configurations and options.
“The introduction of WLTP-based motoring taxes is adding yet another layer of complexity and confusion to a fleet sector that is already having to cope with a deluge of new automotive technology and local authority air quality measures,” said BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney.“The BVRLA and its members are working with OEMs and third-party data providers to bridge this gap, but in the meantime, we would recommend customers consult with their lease providers to assess the impact on their fleet policies and procurement.”