Average new car emissions fall to less than 125g/km

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More than two-thirds of new cars (68.6%) registered last year fell into the sub-130 g/km threshold for £0 first year Vehicle Excise Duty leading to question marks about the tax’s future and possible reform as a means of generating government revenue.
 
However, the SMMT has warned that “this tremendous success” in cutting average new car CO2 emissions to 124.6 g/km raises questions about the future shape of taxation and incentives in the UK.
 
As a result, the SMMT commissioned the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) to consider the future role of Vehicle Excise Duty in the fabric of future UK fiscal policies on motoring.
 
To safeguard Vehicle Excise Duty revenue, the CEBR report recommends:

•A gradual evolution of bandings for cars, particularly segmentation of the current top band A. It recommends band A (currently up to 100 g/km) being segmented into three bands (0-50 g/km), 51-75 g/km and 76-100 g/km).
 
•The phasing in of a first year rate of Vehicle Excise Duty for cars in bands B, C and D (101-130 g/km), currently uncharged.
 
•Introduction of a new Vehicle Excise Duty for light commercial vehicles, which graduates by their CO2 emissions per tonne of loading capacity.
 

Insurers to check drivers' honesty

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A new crackdown has been launched against the estimated six million drivers who fail to declare endorsements on their licence when taking out car insurance.  Figures from the DVLA show that 16 per cent of the UK’s estimated 35 million motorists fail to disclose their driving record accurately, including disqualifications and serial speeding convictions.  (Source Daily Mail) 
 
 
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Ultra low emission vehicles on fleets increase

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A record number of UK businesses and consumers are opting to reduce their fuel bills by choosing ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), according to research by Go Ultra Low. 
 
The latest registration figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reveal that more than 41% of all alternatively-fuelled cars registered in the first quarter of 2015 qualified for the government's plug-in car grant, up from 13% over the same period in 2014.
 
In the first quarter of 2015, 8,573 passenger vehicles with CO2 emissions lower than 75 g/km were registered, a year-on-year increase of 386% from 1,764, as more drivers saw ULEVs as alternatives to traditionally-fuelled cars. 
 
In the first three months of the year, 4,759 (2014: 771) were acquired by fleets, 1,286 (2014: 390) by sub-25 fleets with the remainder by private customers. The most popular choice of car was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, followed by the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.
 
Businesses running commercial vehicles also showed signs of increasing adoption of electric vans, with volumes totalling 263 units in January-March 2015 - a growth rate of 353% and up from 58 in Q1 2014.
 
Hetal Shah, head of Go Ultra Low, a joint initiative by government and the UK automotive industry, said: “The latest plug-in vehicle uptake figures prove that ultra-low emission cars and vans make sense for both private and business users, especially with the potential for fuel costs as low as 2p a mile and reduced whole life running costs.”