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AA Route Planner launches online mileage calculator

The AA Route Planner has launched a new online tool to help employees left with the difficult job of trying to work out accurate business mileage.

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The AA Mileage Calculator helps companies and employees keep within the rules by providing accurate figures for mileage expense claims.

Simply enter the route driven, including the return route if applicable, and the company approved expense per mile, and the AA Route Planner will automatically calculate the overall mileage and claim amount.

Multiple routes can be calculated and the list can be printed off to support expense claims.

Drivers can also calculate the fuel cost for their journey by adding the cost per litre and the average mpg.

The AA Route Planner is one of the most well respected, precise route planners available and by using this data claimants and businesses can keep within the law by ensuring that the figures are accurate and from a reliable source.”

The  Route Planner was launched online in 1999.   Prior to its online launch, the AA mailed an average of 250,000 routes to members each year, but the AA online Route Planner now delivers over twice as many routes each day – averaging 20 million route requests per month.

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BVRLA claims plans will push fleets away from greenest vehicles

Plans to remove 100% First Year Allowances on low-emission cars purchased for leasing will push fleets away from the greenest vehicles, the BVRLA has warned the chancellor in its Budget submission.

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The submission focusses on three key areas where the association feels the Government’s strategy to reduce road transport carbon emissions is badly flawed.

The leasing industry has led the way in driving down CO2 emissions, helped by a tax regime that incentivises fleets and drivers to choose greener vehicles, But this  is being threatened by some glaring policy errors that the government needs  to deal with.

The BVRLA  is arguing for the Government to retain 100% First-Year Allowances for low-emission leased cars.

These allowances give corporate purchasers the ability to write-off the cost of low-emission cars against their taxable profits in the first year of ownership, says the BVRLA.

Unfortunately, even allowing for reduced fuel costs, such low-emission eco-diesel, hybrid and plug-in cars are more expensive than their higher-emitting petrol and diesel counterparts and the allowances play a vital role in enabling fleets to bridge this cost gap. 

It says that UK leasing companies have been very successful at passing on the benefit of these allowances to their customers. More than 19% of the company cars they supply currently qualify by virtue of emitting less than 110g/km CO2.

However, from April, the government wants to remove the ability to claim 100% first year capital allowances on low emission leased cars, while retaining it for direct purchasers.

It has justified this move by claiming that it is worried about the potential for the allowances to be claimed by companies leasing UK vehicles into other countries.

The association believes that removing the allowances discriminates against the thousands of businesses who rely on leasing to finance their transport requirements and will encourage them to lease cheaper, higher-emitting vehicles.

It estimates that the removal of 100% first-year allowances for the sector will lead to average new car emissions rising during the next tax year.

It is also arguing for a review of the current Approved Mileage Allowance Payment (AMAP) system, which reimburses employees who use their car at work as this  is the only company car tax or allowance that incentivises motorists to drive more.

In most cases, current AMAP rates overcompensate for work use of the average car and as such can provide tax-free extra income to many workers, who have an incentive to drive more ‘business miles’.

The BVRLA wants AMAP rates reviewed and linked to vehicle emissions, to encourage  fleet drivers to use greener cars and remove any incentive for extra mileage.

Finally, it is also calling for a re-think the Plug-in Car Grant scheme. The Government’s Plug-in Car Grant has been successful in subsidising manufacturers’ over-expensive list prices, but has struggled to drive significant take-up of ultra-low or zero emission vehicles.

The Government needs to replace or support the existing grant with guaranteed long-term incentives such as VED-exemption, subsidised charging points and free parking, which would support owners and stimulate demand for used plug-in cars.

So lets see what happens on March the 20th and hopefully we will have some good news to talk  about.