Autumn Statement: Lex Autolease comments on changes
Speaking of the announcements on Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs), Chris Chandler, principal consultant, said: "The Government’s support of the ULEV industry has helped the UK to become a world leader in green technology. The new tranche of investment, worth more than £600m, will help to cement Britain's role in driving the sector and is a much welcomed incentive for companies considering adding ULEVs to their fleets."
Lex also greeted the insurance changes to deal with rising whiplash claims. Ashley Barnett, principal consultant, said: "We welcome the measures to address costs from unnecessary whiplash claims and hope this will translate into motor insurance premiums."
The increased investment in UK roads was also welcomed. Heather Simpson, principal consultant, commented: “The impact of increased investment in Britain’s road infrastructure will be enormous for the country’s many businesses who rely on the road network to transport goods and employees. We hope that the effective implementation of the Roads Investment Strategy will slash journey times and congestion levels, in turn reducing fuel bills and improving driver efficiency.”
However, Simpson criticised the changes to BiK, adding: “The delayed removal of the 3% diesel surcharge is a blow for company car drivers, potentially impacting four out of five drivers."