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SMMT chief outlines how governmen cash can help UK car industry

The Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) has called on chancellor Alistair Darling to use next month’s budget to kick-start sales in the new car market, saying that the UK motor industry is close to a "state of emergency".

Paul Everitt, chief executive of SMMT, said, "The UK motor industry is reaching a state of emergency and the rate of government action is crucial to the future success of the sector.

"The government must use the budget to boost consumer confidence and kick-start the market with a scrappage incentive scheme to encourage private sales and tax changes to generate business sales."

Other proposals include:

  • Removing or delaying the planned 2010/2011 introduction of a first-year rate of tax on new cars.
  • Deferring the new CO2-based business car capital allowance regime to 2010/11 to avoid tightening the squeeze on cash flow for business car users.
  • Delaying the introduction of the new standard Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax regime for the use of demonstrator and stock-in-trade cars to ease the unplanned cost adjustment burdens facing many employers and employees.
  • Removing the 3 per cent diesel car penalty in the company car BIK calculation.
  • Deferring the third stage of increases to DVLA first-vehicle registration fees.
  • Encouraging enhanced vehicle replacement in government departments and agencies in 2009 and 2010.
  • Mark Tisshaw

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