HMRC has indicated a willingness to review the rate but only on an evidential basis where there is a clear justification. In response, organisations are helping to identify better and more relevant data sources in addition to those currently used in setting the AER and part of that process is the means to provide fleet case studies.
There can be no doubt that the proposals will require significantly more time, effort and cost for dealers. It will also mean that principals, as the regulator recognises, will require sufficient resources to maintain the "adequate" controls required. Indeed the FCA references the need for principals to have the necessary people, processes, technology, facilities and information and, by implication, financial backing to oversee the AR's activities and potential liabilities.
Parkinson has been a BVRLA leasing broker committee member since 2015. The committee is comprised of member representatives from a cross-section of large and small organisations, including vehicle leasing brokers and funders with a remit is to improve industry standards, particularly around financial compliance.
Scammers are setting up fake email and social media accounts under the names of genuine leasing brokers by using the firm name, the FCA 'firm reference number' (FRN) and other identifiable information to try to convince customers that they work for an authorised broker.
Toby Poston, former Director of Communications and External Relations, has been promoted to the role of Director of Corporate Affairs and Amanda Brandon has been appointed as Director of Fleet Services and will lead the association’s government-approved Dispute Resolution Service.
The BVRLA says the government needs to supercharge its electric vehicle strategy if it is to have any chance of meeting its net zero emissions by 2050 pledge.
BVRLA Grey Fleet report published in 2016 estimated that the Civil Service grey fleet mileage was in the region of 265 million miles a year, costing £126m in mileage claims from civil servants doing business using their own vehicles.
BVRLA has urged the regulator to take a more active role in supervising lenders, retailers and brokers, stepping in with enforcement where required.
New index gives fleet owners and policy makers guidance to select the cleanest vehicles which will improve air quality but should not be used to create retrospective air quality policies that would punish fleets for vehicle choices they have already made based on less accurate NOx data”.