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Driving a Company Car? Here is What You Need To Know

In 2015, the Queensland State Government announced workers caught breaking the law behind the wheel of company cars could be dobbed into bosses as part of its new Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.

The new plan is designed to cut Queensland’s road toll by a quarter by 2020, costing the Palaszczuk Government $500 million over 2 years.

Currently, bosses are only informed of employees who are caught by red light or speed cameras. However, the new policy will inform employers when users are caught without seatbelts and fined on the spot by police.

So what do you need to know about driving a vehicle for work?

If you are asked to use your own vehicle for work purposes, you should be given a vehicle allowance. This is additional money included in your pay, to maintain and run your vehicle. This money should also cover insurance and registration.

If your employer is providing the vehicle, they must pay all registration, insurance, running and maintenance costs.

If you are a shift worker you are entitled to be reimbursed for the cost if you finish later or earlier than normal, a reasonable means of transport isn’t available or the employer doesn’t provide reasonable transport.

To avoid any discrepancies while driving a company car it is important to:

  • Read your companies car policy carefully.
  • Ensure you can drive your car outside of work hours. Some companies do not allow employees to drive company cars outside of business and you will not be covered by insurance.
  • Check with your employer about the insurance on the car. Ask them who they would prefer to be called if an accident occurs and what documentation you require.
  • Make sure you follow road rules and are responsible behind the wheel.
  • Keep the car well maintained. Keep it clean, make sure you take it for its services and report any damage to your employer immediately.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: October 16, 2019.

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