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Firms flirt with grey fleet danger

Date: 05 October 2011

Almost two-thirds of fleets are potentially exposing themselves to an unnecessary level of risk associated with grey fleet according to research from leasing company ALD Automotive and YouGov.

The survey of financial directors revealed that 63% do not restrict the age of private vehicles used on business, and do not have a minimum safety specification either. It also found that 20% of respondents had no knowledge of whether the private vehicles are insured for driving on business purposes.

Keith Allen, MD of ALD Automotive, said: "This survey shows that, despite the high profile given to corporate manslaughter legislation, the grey fleet is still a big issue in the UK. Formal guidelines need to be incorporated into fleet policy whether business journeys are carried out in a company-owned vehicle or a private vehicle."

The firm added that more focus is needed on insurance, MOTs and licence checking to ensure compliance with the Corporate Manslaughter Act and reduce occupational road risk.

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