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Health and safety alert on cash-for-car schemes

FLEETS operating cash-for-car schemes have been warned to be extra vigilant with health and safety policies.

Leasing and fleet management group ALD Automotive believes fleets running such schemes are walking a health and safety tightrope.

Keith Allen, managing director of ALD Automotive, said: 'Many more fleets must wake up to the impact that health and safety legislation is having on cars used on company business, and tighten controls.

'In today's employment market, one funding solution is not a definite answer to a company's fleet requirements. Companies are looking to offer a range of benefit packages, including the traditional company car, cash allowances and PCP schemes, which may include employee car ownership programmes.

'However, companies must understand not only the financial and administrative impact on themselves and their staff of each funding option, but also that the health and safety and duty of care burden remain with the business, whichever method is chosen.'

Fleet decision-makers must ensure that drivers using their own vehicles on company business are insured and fully maintained.

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