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Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)




























You may or may not be aware of the impending changes to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) which comes into force in September 2018.


The NEDC was designed in the 1980’s was based on theoretical driving and has since become outdated. The new test namely Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) will be in force from September and will be based on real-driving performance.


Although the WLTP was originally brought in last year when manufacturers were required to obtain approval under the new rules however, it will become compulsory for all new vehicles from September this year.


The reason for the introduction of the WLTP is that to measure a more realistic representation of real-world driving and fuel consumption and in turn obtain truer CO2 emissions. This will enable manufacturers to provide accurate consumption and emission figures at the point of sale.


The biggest notable change to the structure of the data provided will be the terms that are allocated to test cycle driving phases. For example, Urban, Extra-Urban and Combined will no longer be used and instead will be replaced with Low, Medium, High, Extra-High and Combined.


If you’re wondering if this new legislation will affect car tax then you’ll be pleased to know there aren’t going to be any significant changes. When WLTP is used to calculate vehicle tax, it will only affect cars that are unregistered at that time so the CO2 figure that is used for tax purposes when the car is initially registered will remain unchanged during its lifetime.


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