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BVRLA welcomes Plug-in Car Grant extension

As announced yesterday, the Plug-in Car Grant will be extended until at least February 2016, with longer-term plans to be announced following the November Spending Review.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “It is great that the Government has provided more certainty about the lifespan of this vital incentive and the nine-month lead time limit for qualifying vehicles to be delivered and registered.  

“Demand for ultra-low emission vehicles is growing rapidly, but we would urge the government to continue supporting this nascent market by extending the Plug-in Car Grant beyond next February and providing additional in-life incentives for early adopters.

“The Government needs to take a joined-up approach to promoting ultra-low emission vehicles, and on that basis it needs to reconsider its recent changes to the VED regime from 2017. The new system will hit some low-emission cars with a major increase in VED, while their higher emitting counterparts will get a tax cut.

“It doesn’t make sense.” 

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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.