The Editor’s View

STATISTICS produced by organisations such as the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, HM Revenue and Customs and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders have always seemed to be at odds with each other in terms of proving the true number of company cars on the UK’s roads. That is not to say that any of the figures from those august organisations are wrong, it is just that they don’t seem to tally with each other. Data from the taxman show that the number of company cars on theUK’s roads dropped to an estimated 950,000 in 2010-11, that is 360,000 fewer than in 2003-04. Yet, the BVRLA says that it is not seeing a decline in the number of business cars operated by its members. Debate over the true number of company cars on the roads will continue, but there is no issue that the Government’s benefit-in-kind tax take from them is reducing – some £260 million in eight years. Ministers are desperate to raise cash, but, as the BVRLA says, tax too much and demand for traditional company cars may fall further.

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