Fleet industry and government must forge stronger bonds, workshop concludes

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:00
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TOGETHER: BVRLA and PwC hosted workshop

The vehicle rental and leasing sector can be an increasingly-powerful ally in delivering the government’s transport and emissions targets, a workshop has concluded.

Hosted by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and consultants PwC, a recent forum included representatives from government, the fleet sector, research organisations and manufacturers.

The event aimed to highlight the size and scope of the fleet leasing market, assess the impact of tax, and explore how policymakers and the industry can work better together.

Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive of the BVRLA, said: “Although we had a broad range of stakeholders present, there was widespread agreement on some key issues.

“We all want road transport to be affordable and sustainable, and believe that there should be incentives to use lower-emitting vehicles, but we recognise that the government needs to protect its tax revenues.

“Our sector buys around 50% of all new vehicles registered each year, and if we can work more closely with government, I think we can achieve all these goals.”

The UK vehicle rental and leasing sector have a collective fleet of around 2.8million cars.

Image courtesy of jonrawlinson, with thanks.

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