Who dares be a fleet Olympian?

Who dares be a fleet Olympian?
Martin Brown

Posted by

Martin Brown

July 2012

The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games takes place later today – the moment when Danny Boyle’s extravaganza, from what I’ve seen a somewhat bucolic interpretation of our green and pleasant land, kicks off.

I’m excited by the spectacle – but slightly irritated by the moaners and groaners.

I was in Surrey earlier this week to see one of our clients, and they were complaining about the road closures for the bike race. That’s not something you hear that from the velo-loving French when the Tour de France comes to town. Quite the opposite in fact – there’s a celebration, and that’s what we should be doing too.

But while those fleet of foot are preparing for the starter pistol, what about those with feet firmly grounded in fleet?

It’s possibly a little too easy to lose focus – it’s been a great summer of sport so far and many are on the finishing straight towards a well-deserved holiday. But beyond the Olympics looms a sobering list of changes to fleet management and company cars.

Beyond the Olympics looms a sobering list of changes to fleet management and company cars.

For those companies that lease their cars, there’s a change to the 100% leasing allowance against corporation tax. From April 2013 – just nine months away – only those cars with CO2 emissions up to 130g/km qualify; above that you will be restricted to 85%.

Things get tighter on benefit in kind company car tax, too – which will see driver tax rise and company National Insurance contributions increase too.

Now, before you lump me with the grumpy Olympic nay-sayers, or as some permanently dour Scotsman, I believe we should all embrace this change.

We should grab the chance to choose low emission vehicles for fleet policy – lower than we have dared to think before. There are plenty good enough to do the job: a 99g/km Mercedes A-Class anyone? Hands-up for a 99g/km Audi A3? Or perhaps a 99g/km BMW 1 Series?

Think of it like beer  – It’s similar to moving from an expensive high alcohol beer to a premium micro brewer’s beer which is high in hops but contains less alcohol, and is less expensive.

It’s still beer; still a great taste; but easier on your pocket.

So talking of beer, let’s raise one to the Olympics – but let’s not forget the fleet race towards lower emissions.

You wouldn’t want to be left on the starting line…

You also might like…

If you liked this article then check out our posts about similar topics

The 12 million vehicle EV pivot

Twelve million globally That will be the number of electric vehicles on the road this month Which sounds like a lot of v...

Release the value in your fleet

Coronavirus: it may not exactly be on the run yet, but a rapid vaccine roll out has turned the UK around, from being a p...

The car as vacuum cleaner

Imagine this: you drive a zero emission car, so you’ve eradicated local pollution issues Good All positive Then ...

Shanghai Motor Show glows green

Tesla has a certain knack of creating headlines Fair play But on this occasion, the Elon Musk run electric car maker fou...

Electric vehicles continue fleet growth

The surge in battery electric vehicles shows every sign of continuing And why not Despite the reduction in the Plug-in C...

Fleet electrification takes a rain check

Wow! That was unexpected I mean, just after Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget had seemingly left business motoring to ge...

Best company cars to beat BIK in 2021/2022

The appeal of a company car remains highly attractive in any employee benefit package In a survey conducted by vehicle ...

Platinum people

People If you don’t have the right people you don’t have the right business You can have smart business plans wit...

Ready to make the management of your fleet more efficient?

Request a call back

Or Call Us On: 0345 601 8407
Schedule a call back
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.