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What Vehicle Emissions Testing Regimes Mean for Fleets

What Vehicle Emissions Testing Regimes Mean for Fleets

​We all love our cars, that’s what brings us together in this industry. It’s fair to say that everyone’s bucket list for vehicles may contain some similarities; fast sports cars, a stylish 4x4 or a vintage classic. While all this sounds like heaven to us petrol heads, there are some upcoming factors which might change the fleeting game for us all.

The World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is set to take effect in 2020. What this means for fleet operators and company car drivers is an increase in tax, dependent on CO2 emission values generated under these constraints. In the lead up to this, all cars are currently undergoing a transition period, moving from the traditional features to the new measurement for fuel consumptions.

While this sounds like a migraine for most, there are some positive outlooks on the future for the industry. With the introduction of legislation, WLTP will introduce much more realistic testing conditions. These can include more realistic driving behaviour, higher average and maximum speeds on roads within local communities and a greater range of driving situations such as urban, suburban, main roads and motorways.

Although this may seem like a quite a lot to take in over a very short period, we are not alone in this space. Many EU member states currently apply a form of CO2 tax onto the ownership of cars. The measure of these taxes is based on the average CO2 values from lab tests on modern vehicles. As part of the WLTP, the Car Labelling Directive has been revised to help drivers make a more well-informed decision on car purchasing, dependent on fuel consumption and emission levels. This label gives fleet car drivers a guideline for the best cost-effective, clean solutions moving forward into a new age of vehicles.

At Marshall Leasing, we work closely with the Government’s Energy Savings Trust. This provides comprehensive support and advice, allowing fleet drivers and decision makers build green choices into their vehicle policy. These can send out a positive environmental message about your company, reduce your overall fuel costs, accidents, overall fleet expenditure, while improving driver safety to make a difference in the industry. We are more than happy to assist you with all the above, as well as vehicle choice, route planning and CO2 advice.

If you would like to know more about the Marshall Leasing way of doing things, please email info@marshall-leasing.com.

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