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2013 Budget: SMMT calls for company car tax changes

In its submission to HM Treasury, the SMMT has urged Chancellor George Osborne to announce a revised set of company car tax rates from 2015 with greater differentiation below 95g/km and significant levels of incentive for ultra-low carbon vehicles.  

And the association has again called on the Government to review its Budget 2012 decision to change the writing-down capital allowance threshold for new vehicles. The assocation has previously said that proposed 2013 reduction of Writing Down Allowance (160g/km CO2 to 130g/km CO2) should be delayed by a year – as well as cutting Company Car Tax rates for low carbon vehicles and commiting to consumer incentives beyond 2015 – to reinforce the long-term growth and competitiveness of the sector.

The changes to company car tax form part of a number of changes that the SMMT is calling for as part of a competitive business environment as part of a new automotive sector strategy in Budget 2013. This includes changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme, support for the Automotive Advanced Propulsion Centre and support for a stronger supply chain.

The SMMT’s interim chief executive, Mike Baunton, said: ‘SMMT calls on the Chancellor to spearhead a proactive government, support innovation, grow the low and ultra-low carbon vehicle market in the UK, and support opportunities in the supply chain; particularly in access to finance. We urge him to continue to develop the UK’s flexible workforce, and importantly, we need him and his colleagues in government to provide a strong voice in Europe.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.