British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association
The BVRLA's current public-facing logo
|Gerry Keaney (Chief Executive)|
Established in 1967, the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) is the UK trade body for companies engaged in vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management. On behalf of 980+ member organisations, the BVRLA works with governments, public sector agencies, industry associations, consumer groups and other stakeholders across a wide range of road transport, environmental, taxation, technology and finance-related issues.
BVRLA members are responsible for a combined fleet of almost five million cars, vans and trucks on UK roads, or 1-in-8 cars, 1-in-5 vans and 1-in-5 trucks. The vehicle rental and leasing industry supports over 465,000 jobs, adds £7.6bn in tax revenues and contributes £49bn to the UK economy each year.
It seeks to look after the interests of, and sets standards for operational quality for, both the contract hire and leasing sectors and the daily hire (car rental) sectors. The BVRLA represents both the business contract hire and personal contract purchase industry. The BVRLA's activities also include lobbying government in respect of any fiscal matter which may affect the industry, and shaping policy and regulation changes. This involves developing policy areas across the wide range of industry issues, lobbying decision-makers in the UK and in Europe.
As of 1 January 2019, the BVRLA had more than 980 members.
Legal and Policy work
The BVRLA is committed to working with public sector agencies, industry associations and key business influencers on key road transport, taxation and finance-related issues.
In 2014, it argued that the DVLA's plans to move driver records online would not make renting a car "quicker or cheaper than the current system of checking the paper driver licence counterpart".
In 2016, the BVRLA called on the government to tackle the challenges of the UK’s 'grey fleet', following the publication of a new report that showed the true cost of employees using their own cars for work purposes.
The association regulates the industry through a regular series of quality assurance inspections and mandatory codes of conducts. It also offers a free conciliation service to help resolve disputes they may have been experienced with member companies.
In 2016, the BVRLA commissioned the Energy Saving Trust to undertake research into the scale of grey fleet use in the UK. The research report found that employees using their own cars for work trips costs the economy £5.5bn a year, with the cars often older and more polluting than company vehicles.
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