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Budget 2014: Mixed news for fleets, says Fleet Alliance

Commenting on the announcements made yesterday (19th March), Brown said: ‘While we welcome the cancellation of the increase in fuel duty planned for September, the news of a 2% rise in the rate of company car tax in 2017/18 and 2018/19 is unwelcome as it is yet another tax on businesses and their employees. 

‘What these measures continue to do, however, is underline the importance of selecting the right company cars for your fleet that are both fuel and tax efficient. That means careful selection of models with low fuel consumption to keep fuel bills in check and those with as low carbon emissions as possible to benefit from lower rates of company car tax , national insurance and VED. 

‘That means careful fleet planning now for the changes that take effect in three years and prudent selection of vehicles with low whole-life costs,’ he said.

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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.