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Plug-in cars still not included in latest HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Newly published HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates are still missing figures for plug-in cars despite calls from the fleet industry.

Plug-in hybrid

The latest AFRs still don’t include plug-in cars.

Although ACFO had urged HMRC to publish Advisory Fuel Rates for plug-in cars for Q3 onwards to increase take-up and mass adoption by fleets, the new rates continue to just cover petrol, diesel and LPG-engined models.

Speaking at the time of the ACFO call, Ian Featherstone, fleet advice manager at the Energy Saving Trust – which worked with ACFO in developing a methodology to calculate AFRs for plug-in cars, had said: “Advisory Fuel Rates are easy to use and ensure tax liabilities are not incurred and fleets need the same mechanism to fairly reimburse drivers for whichever ULEV technology is chosen.”

Changes under the latest rates, which are effective from 1 September, include a 1p per mile decrease for both petrol and LPG-engined vehicles of 1401cc to 2000cc and a 1ppm decrease for diesel and LPG vehicles over 2000cc.

All other rates stay the same.

The new AFR figures (ones for the previous quarter in brackets) are:

Engine size Petrol LPG
1400cc or less 11p (11p) 7p (7p)
1401cc to 2000cc 13p (14p) 8p (9p)
Over 2000cc 21p (21p) 13p (14p)
Engine size Diesel
1600cc or less 9p (9p)
1601cc to 2000cc 11p (11p)
Over 2000cc 12p (13p)

Hybrid cars are treated as either petrol or diesel cars for this purpose.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.