SMMT urges Chancellor to increase consumer confidence and back long-term development
11 March 2010

Britain's car industry says the UK government needs to "improve consumer confidence" in the forthcoming Budget if the current upturn in the market is to continue.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has issued a list of recommended measures for Chancellor Alistair Darling, who confirmed that the Budget will be held on Wednesday 24 March. These include:

Removing or delaying the planned introduction of a first-year rate of tax (VED) on new cars from April 2010

Removing the three per cent diesel car penalty in the company car benefit-in-kind (BIK) calcutaion

Deferring the third stage of increases to DVLA first vehicle registration fees

Removing the £80,000 cap on company cars that adversely impacts UK-buil premium car makers

"Government has recognised the importance of manufacturing and has signalled its commitment to working collaboratively with industry," said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. "This has been vital in minimising the impact of the recession on the motor industry.

"The scrappage scheme has been a lifeline for the new car market, but further measures are now necessary to build confidence and encourage new investment," he added.

The SMMT has also suggested a number of moves to "support future investment, growth and development". These include:

Delivering clarity and consistency across all vehicle tax and incentive programmes, in supporting the delivery of ultra-low carbon vehicles

Reconsidering the removal of the 20p-per-litre incentive for biofuels, due to end in April 2010, to sustain and develop the technology-neutral approach to ultra-low carbon vehicles

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Greater flexibility in the Automotive Assistance Programme and more effective delivery of wider support programmes to ease access to finance and credit

"The level of collaboration between government and industry is set to increase significantly as the Automotive, Supply Chain and Technology Councils work to realise the new opportunities from the transition to a low-carbon economy," said Everitt.

"Budgetary measures that support the Councils' plans will help to signal a long-term commitment to manufacturing that will in turn boost business confidence and the attractiveness of the UK to inward investors."

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11 March 2010

It would be lovely if the Politicians listened wouldnt it . But it wont happen as they are skint and us motorists are cash cows.

I can hear it now . But these taxes are good for you as they will save the environment. Hmmm I can think of a word that rhymes with "bullocks" in answer to thet one .Dont think it will make any difference either who will run the country in May as as sure as eggs are eggs all the things we enjoy will be clobbered. Booze fags n cars. Still at least they havent come up with a nookie tax yet....give em time and they probably will .

Thank goodness I am out of the country for at least another year. Dread coming back to the sheer expense of living at home again.

Ok I have had my whinge .

11 March 2010

[quote Old Toad]Ok I have had my whinge .[/quote]

...You're entitled, it's a fair whinge...

11 March 2010

[quote Autocar] Removing the £80,000 cap on company cars that adversely impacts UK-built premium car makers [/quote]

Yes, captains of industry and bankers are impoverished. They need help to get the company car they want.

11 March 2010

no mention of 'please do not put the price of fuel up' or is it just excepted that we will get another 2p on top of the impending 2p a litre??

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