Allowing staff to use their own cars for business trips has yet to register as a potential risk with senior management, research has revealed.
One-third (34%) of HR directors do not believe employees driving their own cars for work is a cause for concern.
This is despite the fact that under current legislation, companies are legally responsible for the condition and safety of all vehicles used for work-related journeys, irrespective of whether they are privately owned or company cars.
The survey of 150 HR directors, carried out by vehicle management group LeasePlan, also found that 85% see driver safety and corporate liability as a key issue.
This reveals a worrying gap in their understanding of the employers’ duty of care.
HM Revenue & Customs has estimated that about three million people use privately owned vehicles for business journeys.
David Brennan, managing director of LeasePlan, said: “With corporate manslaughter laws on the horizon, firms are beginning to understand that employees have to be in safe, well-maintained and suitable vehicles.
“However, these findings suggest that many HR departments have still to fully understand the scope of that liability.”