Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME services at AA, says the Government"s scrapping of hybrid vehicle grants not only has negative environmental implications but also puts unwelcomed pressure on UK fleet operators.
"The Government"s decision to scrap hybrid vehicle grants and reduce electric vehicle (EV) subsidies by Â£1,000 is not only wholly at odds with its desire to end petrol and diesel car sales, but it will also add additional pressure to an already over-burdened and disillusioned fleet sector.
"The fleet industry is feeling high levels of frustration with government policy. Indeed, most managers are exasperated by what they perceive as anti-diesel rhetoric, according to our third Operational Fleet Report* and believe that cleaner diesel vehicles are an effective way to meet the Government"s clean air targets.
"However, many predicted that hybrid and electric vehicles will become more prevalent across the sector and 86% forecast that this rise in take-up would be driven by monetary incentives and grants.
"Many managers will now feel let down by the confusion inherent in the government"s messaging. We urge the government to consider alternative forms of financial support for the sector as it moves over to an alternatively-fuelled future. This will allow managers and businesses to plan for the coming legislative changes ahead"
* The 2018 Fleet Operational Report was jointly produced by the AA and BT Fleet and published in September 2018. To download the report, please visit www.fleetsolutions.bt.com/insight.