BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney’s response to the launch of the Government’s consultation on reform to Van VED.
Commenting on the announcement, Keaney said:
“We welcome the fact that the Government is looking at this area as we believe that the tax regime is a powerful way of incentivising businesses and individuals to choose low emission vehicles.
“This approach is not ideal because it penalises van drivers or their employers for using what is an essential business tool. Some jobs require larger vans with larger engines and larger CO2 emissions. We do not want a VED regime that encourages people to use vans with a smaller engine and load capacity, which they then either overload or make extra journeys with.
“We would recommend that the Government uses the tax regime to incentivise people based on air quality performance, so that people are rewarded for operating a Euro 6 van and penalised for driving an older, pre Euro 5 van.”