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Double Cab Pickup Tax Hike Reversed


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Great news for businesses that rely on double-cab pickup trucks! The UK government has reversed its recent decision to increase taxes on these vehicles, just one week after the announcement. This dramatic U-turn comes after strong opposition from farmers, businesses, and the motor industry.


The initial proposal, announced on February 12th, would have seen company car drivers using double-cab pickups face significantly higher Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) payments. This was due to a change in classification, moving them from commercial vehicles to passenger cars following a Court of Appeal ruling. Under the new system, pickups would have been taxed based on their emissions, potentially leading to the highest BIK rate of 37% due to their high CO2 emissions.


This decision sparked immediate concerns, particularly from businesses like yours that rely on pickups for their operations. The potential financial impact was significant, threatening to affect your ability to operate efficiently. Thankfully, the government has listened to those concerns and reversed course.

Here's what you need to know:


  • Large pickups (payload over 1 tonne) are back as commercial vehicles: This means they will retain the current flat BIK rate, offering significant financial relief for your business.

  • Smaller pickups (payload under 1 tonne) are still passenger cars: These will unfortunately still be subject to the emissions-based BIK system.

At TCH Leasing, we understand the importance of cost-effective fleet management. This reversal is a positive step for businesses like yours, providing much-needed financial stability. We're here to help you navigate the complexities of fleet leasing and ensure you have the right vehicles for your needs.



Contact our team today to discuss your options and how we can help you take advantage of this positive news.

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