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ACFO answers grey fleet risk queries

Date: 20 May 2008   |   Author: Tristan Young

Grey fleet risk proved it is still one of the hottest industry topics at the ACFO annual conference last week, with speaker Philip Somarakis receiving the loudest round of applause of the day.

Somarakis and a panel of experts fielded grey fleet questions from the audience over specific issues including when an employee is travelling on work business, what to do if employees refuse to submit to an annual licence check and the legalities of asking for a driving licence before offering a job.

The panel, which included members of the Hampshire police road accident investigation unit and a member of the Health and Safety Executive, told the ACFO audience that they shouldn't worry about the Corporate Manslaughter Act, but instead just try to be a responsible company.

  • Commenting on the question of an employee running a work errand on their commute to work the panel decided it would count as driving on work business.
  • In answer to what to do about an awkward employee who won't show their driving licence the panel said that an contract should allow for removing the right to a company car followed, ultimately, by dismissal.
  • The panel gave a simple 'yes' to the question about asking for a driving licence before offering someone a job.