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Paul Barker's blog: 10 December 2013 - Few, but welcome, announcements in 2013 Autumn Statement

Date: 10 December 2013

Paul Barker is editor of BusinessCar

The chancellor's Autumn Statement  wasn't what you'd call the most monumental tug at the country's limited purse strings in either direction - at least as far as fleet operators are concerned.

The announcements of note to the business car industry (documented in full on page eight of this issue) were no doubt welcome ones, though. Regardless of whether you're for or against the current ConLib Government, its decision to freeze fuel duty for the best part of four and a half years won't hurt anyone with an annual fuel spend to worry about and, blatant move or not, may well win it some support in the next general election.

Shedding the physical tax disc from October 2014 is also a practical move with the times and will save fleet operators unwanted admin, while plans to invest in electric vehicles for public sector fleets can't be a bad thing from a cost, environmental and progression perspective.

Okay, so not that much changed for fleets, but the old adage 'no news is good news' is probably the case here. If nothing else, there's nothing new to worry about.

This issue marks the final edition of BusinessCar of 2013. We certainly haven't been short of things to report on this year, so keep an eye on BusinessCar in between now and our 14 January issue for all the latest. All that remains is to wish you a merry Christmas, happy new year and a prosperous 2014.