Press Release

BVRLA reaction to SMMT New Car CO2 report

Release Date: 
02/03/2017

The BVRLA has welcomed today's publication of the New Car CO2 report by the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “More people are choosing to lease their cars, because it provides affordable access to a newer, cleaner, safer vehicle. We are proud that BVRLA members are leading the way when it comes to reducing emissions – the average leased car added to a member’s fleet in 2016 emitted just 110.8g/km CO2, 7.7% less than the average new car sold in 2016.

“This trend of falling CO2 emissions could be about to end as the Government goes in search of greater tax revenues, particularly from company car drivers. Policymakers need to recognise that motoring and business car taxation is more than just a revenue stream. It can provide a powerful incentive for people and businesses to choose low-emission cars.

“With poorly designed tax incentives, the Government could be putting the brakes on sales of low-emissions cars.”

-ENDS-

About the BVRLA
Established in 1967, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is the UK trade body for companies engaged in the rental and leasing of cars and commercial vehicles. Its 900+ members operate a combined fleet of around 4.8million cars, vans and trucks. BVRLA members buy nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK, supporting around 317,000 jobs and contributing nearly £25bn to the economy each year.

By consulting with government and maintaining industry standards, the BVRLA helps its members deliver safe, sustainable and affordable road transport to millions of consumers and businesses. For more information, visit www.bvrla.co.uk.

For more information, contact:
Toby Poston – Director of Communications & External Relations
toby@bvrla.co.uk
tel: 01494 545700
mob: 07979 756533

Jamie Fretwell - Media Relations & Communications Manager
jamie@bvrla.co.uk
tel: 01494 545710
mob: 07790 271806