With the arrival of the all-new Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), Puddy Vehicle Solutions (PVS) believes that fleet and company car demand for plug-in hybrid and zero emission electric vehicles is expected to increase. In order to provide fleet decision-makers with insight into how WLTP and the related Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure will impact on car CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions, the company has published a new white paper called ‘Real World Driving Emissions’.

PVS founder Marcus Puddy, offers his insight into this matter: “Company car drivers are unaware of the implications of WLTP on their benefit-in-kind tax bills because, in many cases, fleet decision-makers have not told them about the impact of the new testing regime. Fleet chiefs must get to grips with WLTP and disseminate that information to drivers, otherwise they could be in for a major shock when they change their company car.”

“Employees that are choosing new company cars now and over the coming two years will almost inevitably see their benefit-in-kind tax burden rise. However, by making careful choices they can minimise any increase,” he continued.

WLTP will be replacing the NEDC regime and is being introduced in two phases for cars: new models from September 2017 and all cars from September 2018. It is being accompanied by the introduction of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure, which is undertaken on open roads and focuses on the reduction of emission levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particle numbers (PN). Both of them combined are expected to result in more accurate real-world emissions, as well as MPG figures.

Moreover, the government has confirmed that starting with April 2020, it will use WLTP-derived CO2 figures for tax purposes. However, a two year transitional period will see WLTP-derived figures converted back to a so-called ‘NEDC correlated’ figure using a European Commission-developed mathematical tool.

The white paper ‘Real World Driving Emissions’ is available from the PVS website at: