• Survey reveals 58% of fleet drivers see car servicing as their employer’s responsibility
  • 17.5% wouldn’t report minor damage to their employer
  • 28% of drivers ignore dashboard warning lights

The latest survey from Venson Automotive Solutions reveals that 58% of company car drivers think it’s their employer’s responsibility to get the car serviced at the appropriate times, even though the employee is accountable.

Venson urges fleet managers to ensure their drivers know exactly what needs reporting and where responsibilities lie, in order to stay in control of their costs.

When asked if they undertake any vehicle maintenance, company car drivers are least likely to top up water coolants (52%) with only 53% checking oil levels. In contrast, only 66% check their tyre pressures and inflate if necessary. Even more concerning is that almost one in three drivers (28%) ignore warning lights on the dashboard.

Gil Kelly, Operations Director at Venson said: “Only 42% of the company car drivers we surveyed see maintenance as their responsibility, which could see fleet managers facing hefty charges at the end of the vehicle’s lease. This could be avoided if fleet managers, with the support of their fleet provider, communicate about service and maintenance responsibilities, not only at the time of handing over the keys of the car to an employee, but throughout the term of the lease to reduce wear and tear costs.”