Crackdown for Company Car Managers

November 2004
Management Services;Nov2004, Vol. 48 Issue 11, p6
Academic Journal
This article reports on the plan of the British Department for Transport to give police the power to seize and destroy vehicle of uninsured company drivers, link the Vehicle Register and the Motor Insurance Databases and fix penalties for people who ignore reminders that their insurance has expired. Martin Johnson, chairman of the motoring sector at UHY Hacker Young warns that although most employers would never deliberately break the insurances, more and more are being caught out by the administrative oversights, resulting in drivers not being properly insured to drive for work. He explained that the fact that there is no standard definition of business use cover makes it even more complicated as it varies according to the individual insurer. Employers need to check their insurance policies in detail immediately to make sure that they are not caught out. Accidents involving uninsured drivers cost the country over &franc;200 million per year. Figures reveal that uninsured motorists are ten times more likely to have been convicted of drink driving and six times more likely to be convicted of driving an unsafe vehicle.


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