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BVRLA urges government to use fleet sector’s strengths to rebound economy

The BVRLA's COVID-19 Recovery plan include suggestions to implement 0% BiK for BEVs in 2021-22, introduce a scrappage scheme and eliminate first year VED on cars and vans until April 2021

The vehicle rental, leasing and fleet sector can work with policymakers to deliver a swift rebound in the economy and a faster trajectory towards transport decarbonisation, says the BVRLA.

This is the key message of the BVRLA’s new COVID-19 Recovery Plan. As well as setting out the industry’s sustainable transport credentials, the report urges policymakers to work with BVRLA members in supporting the automotive sector and delivering net-zero transport.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic the fleet industry has reasserted its role as the lifeblood sustaining the vital organs of the UK economy and society”, opens the plan.

The plan also shows how the industry can drive positive transport behaviour change and help tackle the scourge of air pollution, while it urges government to take into consideration the value of fleets and their resources, as well as implement measures that can help the industry. These measures include 0% BiK for BEVs in 2021-22, introducing a scrappage scheme and eliminating first year VED on cars and vans until April 2021.

The BVRLA has also written a four-page letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, providing a more detailed proposal on the tax and stimulus measures that should be deployed to ensure a net zero recovery and healthy automotive sector.

“BVRLA members have a unique perspective on the issues facing road transport in the UK and have the purchasing power to tackle them,” said BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney. “They have a long track record of working constructively with policymakers to drive down emissions, improve safety and make road transport more cost efficient and accessible.”

In its recovery plan, the BVRLA gives the Government a set of five clear priorities that can deliver more sustainable transport for a stronger economy:

  1. Maintain the financial liquidity that underpins the motor finance market.
  2. Provide a tax and incentive regime that will stimulate vehicle demand.
  3. Focus on the key levers for accelerating road transport decarbonisation.
  4. Take a more active role in supporting and managing the roll-out of Clean Air Zones.
  5. Support the role of flexible car models in enabling more sustainable transport choices.

Written by Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.

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