New ultra-low emission vehicle strategy should factor in leasing & rental, says BVRLA
The strategy sets out a longer-term approach to the incentives, policies and initiatives needed to create confidence for EV buyers and manufacturers.
In response, BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: ‘We are disappointed that it has not been more specific about the key role played by the vehicle rental and leasing sector. Rental and leasing companies buy nearly half of all cars and vans registered each year and run the lowest emission vehicles on UK roads. As bulk purchasers, they are uniquely positioned to be able to work proactively with government policymakers in helping them deliver their green agenda. This still isn’t happening.
‘OLEV rightly highlights the urgent need to “secure the right regulatory and fiscal measures” and give prospective ULEV users a clear indication of what to expect in the future. This has been the Achilles Heel of the government’s ultra-low emission strategy so far and it is vital that OLEV and HMRC consult widely with industry to come up with a long-term, workable tax and incentive regime.’