Group Tax Compliance Manager PAUL BRIDES advises on new company car advisory fuel rates that took effect from 1 June 2013.

The new rates will apply to all journeys on or after 1 June 2013 until further notice. Employers will then have a month long window where they can use either the previous or new current rates, as they choose.

Employers may therefore make or require supplementary payments if they so wish, but are under no obligation to do either.

The advisory fuel rates for journeys undertaken on or after 1 June 2013 are:


1400cc or less: 15p 10p

1401cc – 2000cc: 17p 12p

Over 2000cc: 25p 18p


1600cc: or less 12p

1601cc to 2000cc: 14p

Over 2000cc: 18p

Points to be aware of about the advisory fuel rates are:

  • Employers do not need a dispensation to use these rates.
  • Employees driving employer provided cars are not entitled to use these rates to claim tax relief if employers reimburse them at lower rates. Such claims should be based on the actual costs incurred.
  • The advisory rates are not binding where an employer can demonstrate that the cost of business travel in employer provided cars is higher than the guideline mileage rates. The higher cost would need to be agreed with HMRC under a dispensation.

For more information contact PAUL BRIDES on 0161 703 2500 or e-mail