Advisory fuel rates 1 December 2018

Advisory fuel rates from 1 December 2018

The advisory fuel rates for claiming back mileage in a company car from 1 December 2018 are as follows:

Engine size                       Petrol – amount per mile            LPG – amount per mile

1400cc or less                     12 pence                                                   8 pence

1401 to 2000cc                   15 pence                                                   10 pence

Over 2000cc                        22 pence                                                  15 pence


Engine size                         Diesel – amount per mile

1600cc or less                        10 pence

1601 to 2000cc                      12 pence

Over 2000cc                          14 pence

For the purposes of claiming back mileage, hybrid cars can be treated as either petrol or diesel. The above rates apply from 1 December but you can use the previous rates up to 31 December 2018 if desired.

Advisory Electricity Rate

For fully electric cars, employees can claim back 4 pence per mile when using the car for business purposes. Electricity is not classed as a fuel for car fuel benefit purposes. This new rate can be claimed from 1 September 2018.


Given the government’s changing stance on company car taxation and the move towards ‘greener’ cars, it is often worth revisiting which car you drive or which cars you offer in the company car fleet. There are tax considerations for both the employer and employee who will be keen to optimise the tax position whist driving cars that fit the purposes of the business/individual.

If you are thinking about your options, we can explain them to you and help you understand which course of action might ‘tick the boxes’. It is important that all aspects are considered, not just tax, so that an informed decision is made.

If this is an area you’d like help with, please contact Helen Sewell on 01527 558539 or [email protected]  Helen is experienced in all matters of employer and employee taxation, such as benefits in kind, payroll and also personal taxation.

Advisory fuel rates