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ACFO seminar to provide rare opportunity for fleets to quiz key government officials

The organisation is hosting a seminar entitled ‘A Day at the Taxes’, which will include speakers from HM Revenue & Customs, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Highways England.

The event takes place on Friday 18 September at the St George’s Park National Football Centre near Burton-Upon-Trent and, according to ACFO chairman John Pryor, may be the first time that fleet decision-makers will be able to hear senior officials from the four major government bodies that impact on corporate transport operations in one location on a single day. 

At the seminar, HM Revenue and Customs is expected to showcase its online trial launched earlier this year, allowing company car drivers to make changes to car and fuel benefits that will affect their tax codes. That means Pay As You Earn employees who have company cars will be able to make changes online to their company cars and will no longer have to wait for HM Revenue and Customs to update their tax code for them. 

The speakers are:

  • Elizabeth Ward-Lewis, personal tax customer, product and process, HM Revenue and Customs, the UK’s tax and customs authority
  • Paul Jeffreys, corporate services, DVLA, an executive agency of the Department for Transport
  • Andrew Wetters, policy adviser, workplace transport, Health and Safety Executive, an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions
  • Simon Sheldon-Wilson, director – customer operations, Highways England, the new gov­ern­ment com­pany charged with dri­ving for­ward the country’s motor­ways and major A roads, which includes mod­ernisation and maintenance, as well as run­ning the net­work, keep­ing traf­fic moving, clearing up incidents and managing Dart Charge at the Dartford Crossing. 

Issues expected to be addressed will include company car Benefit-in-Kind tax, mileage reimbursement rates for employees who drive their own cars on business as well as company cars, online checking of employee driving licences and Vehicle Excise Duty and MoT information, the reporting of road traffic incidents plus motorway and major road maintenance and investment and the potential for the introduction of more road tolls. 

Additionally, during the seminar Wayne Millward, consultant at event sponsor’s Arval, will tackle the issue of cash or car. 

ACFO members can book their seminar place by emailing the ACFO Membership Services’ Organisation at [email protected] or go to www.acfo.org. Non-ACFO members wishing to attend the seminar can do so by joining the organisation.

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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.