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Roads minister praises rental and leasing industry at BVRLA conference

Date: 03 December 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Roads minster, Andrew Jones has recognised the contribution of the rental and leasing industry makes to the UK's economy.

Speaking by video link at today's BVRLA Industry Conference, he acknowledged the sector's buying power.

"I recognise the importance of this sector to the economy. This includes the massive buying power of the sector. As buyers of 80% of UK manufactured vehicles sold here, you can together affect the use of technology massively."

Jones also commented on the ongoing Volkswagen emissions scandal, saying that the Government "takes the unacceptable actions extremely seriously", adding that he expects VW to take steps to protect UK customers.

"The Vehicle Certification Agency is the UK vehicle approval authority.  It is working at the moment to confirm that this issue is not industry wide.  VCA will rerun laboratory tests starting with those VW Group engines for which VCA has provided approvals," Jones added.

"These tests will compare real world driving emissions against laboratory performance.  We are taking steps to ensure independence.  Neither the cars nor the testing facilities will be provided by the vehicle industry themselves."

After discussing the ongoing emissions scandal, Jones said: "The Government is not anti-diesel. Diesel cars have played and continue to play a valuable role in reducing fuel usage and emissions of carbon dioxide. Tackling air quality is a priority for the Government."

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: "It's reassuring to hear the Minister reflect so many of the issues we've raised with him in recent months. It's clear he has heard our message and recognised our sector. We look forward to working with him over the next year."



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