Van fleet operators should review their vehicle renewal schedules ahead of the implementation of the WLTP testing regime from September.

While WLTP has been in force for cars since September last year, LCVs are currently tested under the old NEDC conditions until later this year.

The call for action comes from vehicle consultancy service Puddy’s Vehicle Solutions Group, which has published a whitepaper entitled ‘PVS Talks…WLTP Type Approval for LCVs’, to provide fleet decision-makers with insight into how WLTP and the related Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure will impact on van CO2 emissions.

The paper also warned fleet operators they will also have to cope with a new Vehicle Excise Duty regime for vans from April 2021 with the Government indicating that First Year Rates for high emission models could hit £2,000, while van fleets are having to grapple with implementation of Clean Air Zones in towns and cities nationwide starting with the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London which is effective from 8 April this year.

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With low emission vehicles being “rewarded” and those with high CO2 emissions “penalised” under forthcoming Government policies, the report suggests: “It is clear to see that when these changes are implemented users of electric and hybrid vans will fare better.”

“Come September, fleet operators can expect a selection of LCVs to be available for sale. Therefore, fleet owners and managers should be reviewing their renewal schedules now. It is time to take stock and assess what can and cannot be replaced post the September 2019 cut-off,” said Daniel Tuz, PVS Group finance analyst.

Read the report from PVS Group HERE