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Meridian calls for VED review for rental companies

Date: 09 March 2020   |   Author: Illya Verpraet

Medium-term rental company Meridian is calling on the Government to use the Budget to review VED refund rules for businesses that keep new vehicles for less than a year.

Currently, if a vehicle is sold on after less than a year since it was first registered, a VED refund will be issued based on either the first registration tax or the second VED payment - whichever one is lower. As the first registration tax is usually considerably higher than the second payment, fleets getting rid of cars after less than one year lose a large portion of the VED they originally paid.

As this is mainly an issue for vehicles that are kept for less than one year, it mainly applies to companies like Meridian, dealer groups and car manufacturers. 

Phil Jerome, managing director at Meridian, said: "We don't believe that this is in any way an intentional move but was introduced alongside the current VED regime and has certainly had an impact on the costs that we and the rest of the rental industry face.

"It seems to us that it would be fairer to introduce a VED refund scheme that simply returned everything that had been paid on a pro rata basis - and this is something that the industry should be urging the new chancellor to review."