The Chancellor has given his Spring Statement, today, 13 March.
The subject of air quality came up, with the Chancellor reaffirming the government’s commitment to improving the air quality and leaving the “natural environment” in a better state.
As part of this, the Chancellor announced he will launch a consultation into reduced VED rates for the cleanest vans, to help “the great british white van driver go green.”
The Chancellor also announced a call for evidence on the use of non agricultural red diesel tax relief and how it contributes to poor air quality in urban areas.
James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association commented: “The consultation on Vehicle Excise Duty for the cleanest vans should be extended to see how the tax system can better incentivise electric car adoption, which in turn improves the case for domestic EV manufacturing. Specifically, Benefit in Kind rates for electric cars should be revised.”
Matthew Walters, Head of Consultancy and Customer Data Services at LeasePlan UK, said: “It should be noted that the Government has already launched several consultations in this area – including one on electric vans – but is yet to announce the outcomes of them. If the Chancellor is to help us deliver on what’s next, then he needs to start confirming some of his policies.”
Watch the full statement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz6sEt5_cZU