The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), led a discussion at their Parliamentary Summer Event on 16th July, 2018.

The event launched their ‘plug-in pledge’, a declaration that the rental and leasing sector will increase annual purchasing of new plug-in vehicles from 17,000 to 300,000 per year. This will rise registrations from 36% to 60%. But to support this uptake, the BVRLA are calling on the Government to bring forward plug-in company car tax incentives now, provide a five-year commitment on plug-in vehicle incentives and offer more infrastructure to support plug-in vehicles.

Alongside the BVRLA pledge, at the Parliamentary Summer Event the BVRLA also released a report they commissioned from Oxford Economics outlining the rental and leasing industry’s contribution to the UK, including environment impact. An article about the report can be read here, or you can read the actual report here

In a further effort to work with the Government to clean up air pollution, the BVRLA also responded to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s (DEFRA) latest draft strategy for air quality. Publishing their response on 8th August, 2018, they highlight the need for a holistic approach to tackling air pollution. They explain that the creation of a supportive tax and infrastructure environment would encourage the uptake of greener vehicles, as well as draw attention to the current lack of supply for certain low-emission vehicles.

If these actions were taken, the BVRLA argue that it could help boost the adoption of greener, electric and hybrid vehicles, improving air quality in heavily-polluted hotspots. They also urged for a pragmatic, solutions-focussed approach to implementing Clean Air Zones (CAZs). This would ensure air quality benefits are met without negatively affecting businesses and local economies.

DEFRA will publish their final version of the UK Clear Air Strategy, as well as their detailed National Air Pollution Control Programme, by March 2019. However, you can read BVRLA’s response to the draft here.

The BVRLA’s pledge and calls for support are well founded. According to research from RAC Business, almost half of all businesses (47%), including corporate fleets, are considering moving away from diesel. In fact, between 2015 and 2017, Alternative Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) have grown by 92%, meaning that out of the 31.2 million cars registered in the UK by the end of 2017, 492K were alternatively-fuelled cars. Similarly, out of the 3.9 million vans, 14K were alternatively-fuelled.

In an effort to support the changing needs of the fuel industry, we now offer hydrogen as an option on your fuel cards through a partnership with ITM Power. We are also working towards a multi-branded electric charging card that we hope to be bringing to the market by the end of the year to support the changes in the market.