The BVRLA has responded to Volkswagen’s announcement that 11 million diesel engines worldwide have software discrepancies that could lead to a deviation between their ‘official’ and real-world emissions.
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “We look forward to the results of the investigation, and will be monitoring the situation to see if similar activity also took place in the UK market.
“The rental and leasing industry plays a vital role in promoting the uptake of clean vehicles, and our sector will be affected by this announcement. Our members and their customers are concerned about the implications for this potentially reaching the UK, and will want to understand what it means for the UK market.
In recent years, the UK’s tax regime has encouraged fleets to choose vehicles based on official emissions figures, and while the UK emissions test is a fundamentally different system to the US, these revelations reinforce the need for a more accurate testing regime.
“These investigations have only just begun, so we’re watching closely to see if the scope widens further to include other manufacturers and vehicles. It is difficult to comment any further about potential impacts until we have a better understanding of how governments, manufacturers and customers react.”