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Transport minister promises to work with BVRLA in wake of Brexit vote

Date: 19 December 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Transport minister John Hayes has claimed the Government will work with the rental sector to tackle "big issues" in the future.

Speaking at the BVRLA's annual Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons, Hayes recognised the importance of the rental industry in helping to cut vehicle emissions.

Hayes also said there were "significant opportunities" following the country's vote to leave the European Union, adding the Government needs to work with organisations, such as the rental body, to take advantage of them.

"It is vitally important, with the regulatory environment, that we're clear about the direction of travel, we're clear about maintaining the certainties necessary for you to make your medium and long-term business plans," he added.

At the event, Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive, called on the Government to "step up to and deliver a framework for a network of low-emission zones to improve air quality". The minister said he would "go back to check again whether we've got that [future policy] right."

"I am strongly in favour of the opportunity provided by people's ownership of vehicles and acquisition of vehicles. I believe in road users. I believe in people having the ability to drive a van, hire a car, use a vehicle for their own personal economic use or for their own recreational use. Let us make a bold and proud case for the joy of driving and not be slightly shame faced about it," Hayes declared. "I think it is incredibly helpful that this organisation speaks so coherently and forcefully for the people it represents, and I value what you do and who you are."