On Friday (1 September 2017), a new vehicle testing regime for emissions came into effect for all newly type-approved passenger cars.
The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedures (WLTP) will bring the way cars are tested up-to-date with new advances in vehicle technology and will better reflect real-life modern driving conditions.
The new test procedure will provide fleet operators and consumers with more realistic fuel economy and emissions data, which will provide greater confidence when selecting vehicles.
It is likely to take several months before the first WLTP-approved models come into the market. In the meantime, it is business as usual for the sector as the existing NEDC protocol will continue to provide the core reference data for benefit-in-kind (BIK) and company car taxation for the foreseeable future.