The BVRLA has welcomed the Government’s announcement that the current Plug-In Car Grant scheme will continue until at least February 2016, while the Plug-In Van Grant will continue indefinitely.
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “It is great that the government has provided more certainty about the lifespan of this vital incentive and the nine-month lead time limit for qualifying vehicles to be delivered and registered.
“Demand for ultra-low emission vehicles is growing rapidly, but we would urge the government to continue supporting this nascent market by extending the Plug-in Car Grant beyond next February and providing additional in-life incentives for early adopters.
“The government needs to take a joined-up approach to promoting ultra-low emission vehicles, and on that basis it needs to reconsider its recent changes to the VED regime from 2017. The new system will hit some low-emission cars with a major increase in VED, while their higher emitting counterparts will get a tax cut.
“It doesn’t make sense.”