The ACFO has called for the Government to reveal its company car benefit-in-kind tax rates on ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVS) until 2028/29, in order to help better facilitate long-term fleet planning. The fleet representative body has highlighted the need for a long-term plan, citing both natural vehicle lifecycles as well as product availability. They believe that eight years is a sensible term. The body also believes that benefit-in-kind tax bands for ULEVs should do more to incentivise corporate demand and increase employee take-up rates. Incentivising cars with the most impressive zero-emission ranges was also cited, as was the acknowledgement of the wide range of vehicle and fuel options through the creation of continuous narrower bands. The World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, which will be introduced next year, was also highlighted. The Procedure has been designed to reflect real-world driving mpg and emissions, and is expected to result in fewer cars meeting the current threshold for being classed as ULEVs _ 75g/km. Further air quality improvements could also be made, the ACFO has suggested, by giving thought to other emissions such as nitrogen oxide (NOx). The ACFO has also highlighted the potential for different fuel type cars to be recognised as variations, and for the 'very different real world emissions that existî to be acknowledged. ACFO deputy chairman Caroline Sandall said: 'The existing company car benefit-in-kind tax regime, which has been in place since 2002, is easy to administer and straight-forward to understand for companies and employees alike. Therefore, ACFO would encourage a similarly simple band structure that is both fair and transparent for ULEVs from 2020/21." According to the ACFO, ongoing support for ULEVs through the existing tax system will be essential to reducing emissions from vehicles and improving air quality. 'The breadth of product in the lowest emission tax bands has historically been limited and, whilst improving, a firm incentive-based long-term tax plan is required to ensure vehicle manufacturers produce ULEVs across a wide range of new car sectors and thus demand rises,î Ms Sandall said. 'Long-term planning is essential to motor manufacturers and fleets and it is only fair to company car drivers that they select vehicles in the full knowledge of what their tax bills will be for the full lifecycle of a vehicle. Currently tax levels are known for four years, but ACFO believes that is not long enough which is why we have called for eight years.î