The research found that 8% of respondents who worked for small to medium-sized companies have already falsified a claim while 10% say they have considered it.
It was carried out by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, whose UK and Ireland managing director Brice Adamson said: ‘By allowing employees to use their own vehicles for company travel and reimbursing them for their business miles, SMEs are leaving themselves open to spending money that could be much better used elsewhere.’
As a rental company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car would naturally promote the use of rental cars as an alternative to employees using their own cars, but company bosses say such a move also answers duty-of-care concerns.
Adamson added: ‘By renting a car for business trips, companies can not only save money but can also meet duty of care responsibilities to employees.’
Last year, fleets were warned that company car drivers fiddling their mileage claims were contributing to an expenses fraud that was costing UK businesses billions of pounds every year.
Delegates at a seminar were told that it was common practice for company motorists to ‘round up’ their business mileage expenses claims.