Offering employees and potential employees the perk of a company car could be the difference between retaining and attracting talent, and losing it to your rivals. While you may contest that your company has a greater culture and attitude to employees, that’s difficult to communicate just in a salary and benefits package. But whether you already provide a company car, or are looking into offering one, there’s some things that you really should be including in the overall package. Whether that is a legally advised company policy or things to help make their company journeys safer, you need to understand them. And as part of our latest blog, Direct365 talks you through 7 of the things you should really provide your fleet.


7 Things You Should Provide Your Fleet With

Here are the seven most important things you should provide with your fleet to ensure maximum safety and understanding between the two parties.


Bluetooth Headset/In-Car Mobile Phone Stand

It is illegal to operate a phone and drive at the same time. If one of your employees is caught doing so, they could face a fine and potentially points on their license. This wouldn’t reflect on your company, but it could impact their ability to drive a company car if your policy states that drivers must have clean licenses.

Providing workers with either Bluetooth headsets of an in-car mobile phone stand will reduce the need for drivers to think they have to handle their phone illegally. While this isn’t required for your business, it’s a good way to providing a helpful tool, especially if employees are expected to answer important calls during their trips.


Eye Checks

This is another provision that doesn’t need to be made, but would reflect well upon your business if you provided these for employees, especially fleet drivers. New rules put in place a few years ago stated that drivers of commercial vehicles must have their eyes checked every 5 years. As this is for workplace driving, it would only be right to provide the eye tests (via reimbursement or vouchers) for your employees.


Fleet Insurance

Fleet insurance is a necessity for your business if you have company cars. This is needed to protect you but also protect your employees that are using the cars. For all of the same reasons that people have their individual insurance. So before you even go near hiring fleet vehicles you need to understand which insurance you’re going to take and how much the insurance was going to cost.


First Aid Kit

Accidents can always happen. Whether someone is in the office or on the road. But either way, you need to provide first aid equipment. And while people are driving on the job, they are still classed as being your responsibility. Provide each fleet car with a first aid kit that gives employees that chance to treat the most minor of injuries themselves.


Roadside Breakdown kit

Not dissimilar to the first aid point above, while employees are on the road they are your concern. So if they brake down, their safety is compromised. Giving them a roadside breakdown kit can provide them with the resources needed to stay safe while they’re waiting to be rescued by the right people.


A Company Car Policy

This is a requirement for both you and the employee, but at some point you need to be providing a company car policy so that everyone knows what they can expect, and what they have to do. This includes you. Your business will be then required to see through the policy with new starters and promotions. This policy will state who can expect a car, and what their options are. This will give clear transparency to all those who are interested and unsure about what their stake may be within the topic.


Vehicle Tracking

Vehicle tracking may seem like an unusual suggestion, but your company are allowed to legally track the fleet vehicles you provide to employees. This is important to ensure you know that employees are attending their duties correctly and using the cars within the code of your company car policy.


Providing fleet vehicles becomes a great bonus to those who are given them, but on both sides of the coin there are things to provide to keep everyone safe and the policy transparent. Because without this, your fleet policy may become more complicated than you think.

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