The average CO2 emissions of vehicles brought onto the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association member’s fleets in 2009 fell to 144g/km.
The 144g/km figure represents a fall of about 4% from the 149.9g/km reported for vehicles added to fleets in 2008 and 9% on the 2007 figure. The BVRLA’s leasing members operate a combined fleet of around 1.6 million cars.
The reductions obtained by BVRLA members continue to outstrip those seen across new registrations as a whole. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, average new car emissions in 2009 fell to 149.5g/km.
“Our members continue to lead the way in lowering road transport emissions and disproving the myth that company cars are gas guzzlers,” said BVRLA chief executive, John Lewis.
“The government’s emissions-based tax regime has given fleets and their drivers a great incentive to drive cleaner cars and the message is clearly getting through.”
Leasing companies also reported a 2% fall in the average contract mileage for cars added to fleets in 2009, down to 19,183 miles from the 19,617 seen in 2008, although the decline in average mileages has lost some of the momentum seen in earlier years.
According to BVRLA estimates, the association’s leasing members were responsible for nearly half of all new fleet car registrations in 2009, spending around £7bn with car manufacturers. New cars brought on fleet in 2009 had an average retail list price of £19,698.
The BVRLA is the trade body for companies engaged in the leasing and rental of cars and commercial vehicles. Its members provide short-term rental, contract hire and fleet management services to corporate users and consumers. They operate a combined fleet of 2.3 million cars, vans and trucks, buying nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK.