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Plug-in cars still missing from HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

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Company car mileage reimbursement rates for plug-in cars have not made it to the latest HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates despite calls from the fleet industry.

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The latest AFRs still don’t include plug-in cars.

Although ACFO had urged HMRC to publish Advisory Fuel Rates for plug-in cars for Q3 onwards to increase take-up and mass adoption by fleets, the new rates continue to just cover petrol, diesel and LPG-engined models.

Speaking at the time of the ACFO call, Ian Featherstone, fleet advice manager at the Energy Saving Trust – which worked with ACFO in developing a methodology to calculate AFRs for plug-in cars, had said: “Advisory Fuel Rates are easy to use and ensure tax liabilities are not incurred and fleets need the same mechanism to fairly reimburse drivers for whichever ULEV technology is chosen.”

Changes under the latest rates, which are effective from 1 September, include a 1p per mile decrease for both petrol and LPG-engined vehicles of 1401cc to 2000cc and a 1ppm decrease for diesel and LPG vehicles over 2000cc.

All other rates stay the same.

The new AFR figures (ones for the previous quarter in brackets) are:

Engine sizePetrolLPG
1400cc or less11p (11p)7p (7p)
1401cc to 2000cc13p (14p)8p (9p)
Over 2000cc21p (21p)13p (14p)
Engine sizeDiesel
1600cc or less9p (9p)
1601cc to 2000cc11p (11p)
Over 2000cc12p (13p)

Hybrid cars are treated as either petrol or diesel cars for this purpose.

Fleets can use the previous rates for up to one month from the date the new rates apply.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.