23 July 2019

The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is proving to be one of the most disruptive changes to the fleet industry for years.  

With the continued focus on reducing emissions in towns and cities across the country, these new tests are going to be applied to Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) as of 1st September 2019. 

What is WLTP?

WLTP is the new test procedure for measuring the fuel economy and emissions data of all vehicles. 

It currently applies to cars, and has been introduced to give a more realistic view of fuel economy and emissions performance. WLTP supersedes the previous New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test procedure. 

What does this mean for your business?

For any of the LCVs in your fleet already or registered before 1st September 2019, WLTP will have no impact at all.

However, if you are expecting to order LCVs in the latter half of the year and beyond, then you are going to have to start planning your vehicle selection now. 

The WLTP-methodology does not change the real-world fuel economy or emissions of the vehicle itself, but it will mean you are able to more accurately predict fuel costs and whole-life calculations.

What are the benefits of WLTP?

  • Vehicles are tested under a greater range of driving situations, so you receive more realistic statistics
  • Key vehicle data is more accurate, so you can choose an LCV that matches your exact needs
  • You’ll receive in-depth information on how additional equipment can impact whole-life costs 

What are the key dates you need to be aware of?

1st September 2019 

All new LCVs registered must be issued with WLTP and NEDC-correlated data

6th April 2020 

The basis for taxation for all new vehicles moves to WLTP

What are the next steps?

  • Consider which vehicles you are going to introduce over the next month or so
  • Order your vehicles now to ensure you do not have to pay post-WLTP prices 

In summary, organisations such as yours need to take action now to avoid any delays that may be incurred from the WLTP LCV changes. If you are able to prepare ahead of the deadline, you are able to avoid any disruption caused by potentially prolonged delivery periods.  

To speak to a member of the sgfleet team about the potential impact of WLTP on your fleet, get in touch with us.

E: uk.enquiries@sgfleet.com T:  0344 85 45 100