The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) has published an updated Tax and Regulation Manifesto ahead of the UK Government’s Spring Budget – including a call for more support for electric vans.

The manifesto follows a previous edition from two years ago, and has been expanded from 13 to 21 points.

As well as the request for greater electric van support, other key items include the introduction of a chargepoint regulator, alignment of public charging VAT with home charging at 5%, tax breaks for hydrogen use, greater support for electric vans, and the support of community charging projects to encourage local charger installation.

AFP chair Paul Hollick said: “As a campaigning industry body, the Tax and Regulation Manifesto represents the AFP’s core thinking. It is designed to focus on practical ideas, ranging from quite small detail alterations to major strategic shifts, around which we believe that change or definition is required to enable businesses to move forward with their fleet and mobility plans faster and more effectively.

“Our 2021 Tax Manifesto was successful in that our number one request – to provide more information about future benefit-in-kind taxation – was achieved last year almost exactly in line with our thinking. 

“We believe this very much shows that the government is listening to the fleet sector and we are hopeful that some of the ideas that we suggest here will ultimately be adopted.”

Hollick said the manifesto was the result of several months of work by the AFP’s Future Mobility Steering Committee.

He said: “We’ve been having wide-ranging discussions with our members and other interested parties about developing our original ideas in areas where we believe that the taxation of fleets and mobility needs changing or developing in order to create effective incentives, greater certainty and more fairness.

“Of the 21 points we suggest, several could be implemented quite easily, almost at the stroke of a pen. Others, such as the need for discussions around a road tolling plan, are very much strategic and part of longer-term shifts in policy.

“The results, which we believe are constructive, realistic and thought-provoking, are contained in this document. We’re releasing the manifesto now, just ahead of the Spring Budget, because this is when discussion around policy and fiscal measures affecting fleets are at their peak. We want the document to spark as much discussion as possible.”

The manifesto’s 21 points are as follows:

1. Clean air zones should be co-ordinated nationally

2. The “available to use” rule needs updating

3. A clear definition of occasional private use for cars is required

4. Home working definition and concessions should be extended

5. Road tolling needs to be clearly signposted

6. Parking costs should be linked to shared mobility and public transport solutions

7. Inner city parking needs to be improved. 

8. Tax breaks are needed for employees taking a mobility solution…

9. …and for shared and low carbon mobility

10. … and for hydrogen

11. Clear signposting of EV initiatives is required

12. More support for electric vans

13. A national kerbside charging strategy is essential

14. Move public charging VAT to 5%, in line with home charging

15. … and VAT should be removed from home charger installation costs

16. The isolator issue on home charger installations needs to be resolved

17. Easy access to get charge points fitted

18. Chargepoint regulation

19. Review of the AER

20. Actual Cost definition for electric vehicle charging reimbursements

21. Community charging projects