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Recession Brings Grey Fleet Problems into Sharp Focus

Academic journal article Manager

Recession Brings Grey Fleet Problems into Sharp Focus

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The current economic crisis is bringing the problems surrounding grey fleets (cars owned by employees and used for company business) into sharp focus according to leading fleet software organisation, CFC Solutions, who have monitored the fact that key grey fleet issues are becoming more acute. A particular problem is the difficulty of ensuring that vehicles are maintained to the standards demanded for business use by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Neville Briggs, managing director said, "Grey fleets are becoming an ever larger management headache for managers, especially when it comes to making sure that they are maintained in line with manufacturer recommendations.

The unavoidable fact is that thanks to the credit crunch, many employees are being tempted more than ever to let maintenance standards slip, to put off scheduled servicing for another month, or to delay replacing a worn tyre. This is a serious issue; not only does it mean that employees are placing themselves and other road users in potential danger, but the new Corporate Manslaughter Act means that this situation could hit a company and its managers very hard indeed."

A further complication is that the recession is seeing more car owners undertake their own servicing. …

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