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Government urged to waive IPT for fleets adopting telematics cameras

In-vehicle CCTV specialist VisionTrack is urging the Government to waive the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) for fleets adopting camera telematics technology.

Telematics camera

VisionTrack says fleets looking to invest in vehicle telematics and cameras may have been put off by the hike in IPT

The call follows a similar plea from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) for telematics insurance products aimed at young drivers to be exempt from the duty, which now stands at 10%. Research from its members showed a 40% drop in incident risks among new drivers who use telematics.

Simon Marsh, VisionTrack’s managing director, said that there is justification for similar products targeting transport operators to be afforded the same exemption.

While BIBA has concentrated on telematics, Marsh said vehicle camera technology needs to be included in any proposed tax exemptions. He commented: “Instant visual footage of any incident can provide valuable information about what happened, which ultimately benefits all parties involved.

“Transport businesses and fleets contribute significantly to our economy, but have been hit hard by two IPT hikes in the last 12 months, resulting in rising premiums,” added Marsh. “Those looking to invest in vehicle telematics and cameras may have been put off or have been unable to finance such solutions as a result of increasing costs, yet this technology is a real driving force in the campaign to improve road safety. Fleets that use these devices should be rewarded for taking proactive steps to help save lives and cut incident rates, in turn saving the Government and taxpayers’ money and ensuring fleets keep moving.

“If fleet operators and young drivers are incentivised to introduce road safety-led products that improve driver behaviours, there is the potential for these figures to be reduced over time,” he concluded.

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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.