Changing legislation: anticipating the WLTP
What does the arrival of the WLTP, the new emission test for cars, means for you? Is it time to revise your mobility policy?
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WLTP, the new emission test for cars, is currently being introduced in Europe step by step. What are possible consequences of the accurate results? How do you act on the higher measured values?
What are the possible consequences?
For the lease driver?
Due to higher measured emissions, lease cars can end up in a higher addition category. In concrete terms, this can mean that a lease driver must drive another car in a subsequent contract, has less choice in cars or can choose fewer accessories. This does not have to be to his disadvantage. When an employer can adjust the mobility offer, this can lead to new options for an employee.
And for companies?
The consequences of the WLTP for companies vary and are depending on how a company has organized its mobility. There are many factors that influence this. Think about the size of the fleet, its composition and the way in which the vehicles are used (individual or shared). Also think about the drive, current contracts and about the big impact of the fleet on the total footprint of the company.
The change in emission values by the WLTP can mean:
- That cars no longer fall into the offered category.
- That cars no longer fall within the CO2 limit.
- That the total footprint increases.
What should you do as a fleet manager or business owner?
There is no standard solution for the consequences that the WLTP has for an organization. The approach differs from simply changing the variety of choice or increasing the CO2 ceiling proportionately, to the introduction of a mobility budget. Each company has a different mobility policy, different objectives and other possibilities. It is clear that the WLTP can offer benefits in the long term and provides a clear basis for reconsidering the current policy.
The existence of accurate emissions measurements makes it easier to see what the impact of your fleet is on the entire company.
As of 1 September 2018, new cars (new registrations) may only be sold with a WLTP test. European measures for end-of-series cars should allow for a limited number of unsold vehicles in stock that were approved under the old test (NEDC) to be sold the following year, that is until September 2019. The NEDC will remain in use until 2022 in order to be able to check compliance with the EU emission targets.