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February 10, 2017

Calif. Water District Caught Misspending Funds

A report from the California State Controller found that Panoche Water District employees misspent funds, with several large purchases for personal use including 50 take-home vehicles.

January 30, 2017

Employees Using Company Vehicles to Moonlight as Uber Drivers

A growing number of employees have been caught using their company vehicles as a tool to generate supplemental personal income for themselves.The fastest-growing trend in unauthorized usage of company vehicles is working as an Uber or Lyft driver. But using company vehicles to moonlight goes far beyond Uber and Lyft.

December 27, 2016

Utility Employees Found Using Fleet Vehicles for Personal Use

Several San Diego utility workers used fleet vehicles for personal use, according to a new report from the City Auditor's office. The investigation began after the Office of the City Auditor received two anonymous reports that a Public Utilities Department employee was using a city vehicle for personal purposes.

February 23, 2016

Telogis App Separates Personal Use from Business Mileage

Telogis has introduced Logbook, a mobile app that lets drivers track and organize miles driven for personal or business use, the telematics provider announced at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 23.

May 11, 2015

Digging Deep into Personal Use Policies

In 2014, average monthly personal use charges increased to $123. Fleet managers were working to reevaluate personal-use policies, programs, and charges and educate their drivers on the importance of accurate reporting.

December 5, 2014

The Danger of Lower Fuel Prices

The recent drop in fuel prices has been as breathtaking as earlier run-up in prices. If sustained, these reduced fuel prices will begin to make a dent in overall fleet fuel expenditures.

February 24, 2014

How to Avoid HR Headaches When Confronting Employees Who Abuse Company Vehicles

If an employee threw trash all over the office floor, scratched the paint off the walls, broke the light bulbs, left holes and dents in the walls, and skipped routine maintenance on the copier until it overheated and broke, no manager would tolerate this abuse. Yet, that is exactly what some fleet managers do tolerate when drivers abuse their company-provided vehicles.

December 10, 2013

IRS to Focus on Auditing Fleets for Personal-Use Reporting & Compliance

Last August, the IRS announced areas it will prioritize for audits in 2014, one of which is fringe benefits, especially the personal use of company vehicles. Managing personal-use compliance is a headache. It is also expensive, with internal costs ranging from $35 to $75 per year per vehicle. Here's what you need to do to be prepared should your friendly IRS agent come knocking on your front door.

October 16, 2013

Is the Fleet Industry Grossly Under-Estimating Personal Use Miles of Company-Provided Vehicles

If you asked fleet managers what the industry average is for personal use of company vehicles, most would say it is approximately 15-18 percent. But, is it? Most of us will agree that some drivers fudge their personal-use mileage, but no one knows by how much. There is a growing suspicion that personal-use mileage is far greater — perhaps substantially greater — than what the industry accepts as conventional wisdom.

May 17, 2012

Last Chance! Take Automotive Fleet’s 2012 Personal Use Survey

TORRANCE, CAAutomotive Fleet needs your input! How does your company handle personal use of company-provided vehicles?

May 31, 2011

Last Chance! - Take Automotive Fleet's 2011 Personal Use Survey

TORRANCE, CA - Automotive Fleet needs your input! How does your company handle personal use of company-provided vehicles?

August 20, 2010

Do You Know What Your Drivers Are <i>Really</i> Doing?

Do you really know who is driving your company-provided vehicles? Often the "at-work" persona of an employee is not the true indicator of their behavior when no one is watching. Recently, someone forwarded me a link to a chat room for pharmaceutical reps. I did a search of posts that included the phrase "company car" and, in short order, I was shocked at some of the comments written about their use of company cars and how drivers play "the system" to their advantage.

April 5, 2010

5 Avoidable Mistakes in Managing Personal Use

Personal use administration is a headache for most fleet managers. Oftentimes, this headache is self-induced and avoidable. Here are five common mistakes committed by fleets in administrating a personal use program.

September 22, 2009

The Hidden Cost of Personal Use

Many companies are wondering whether they are charging enough for personal use. At some companies, this discussion is long overdue. When re-evaluating personal use charges, a common mistake is to focus solely on the cost of fuel. However, doing so ignores the other “hidden” costs of personal use, which have also risen.

September 19, 2008

Confronting Non-Compliance & Fraudulent Personal Use Reporting

The high cost of fuel is causing more employees to use fleet vehicles for personal use since many companies pays for gasoline. Although overall fleet mileage has increased, there has not been a corresponding increase in reported personal use miles. Companies that allow drivers to take vehicles home, but do not allow personal use, report a growing problem of policing unauthorized personal use by employees looking to reduce their "personal" fuel costs. This is a broad-based industry issue.

November 12, 2007

The Pros and Cons of Variable Personal-Use Charges

Fuel prices are forecasted to increase again in 2008. Fleets are employing a multitude of strategies to control fuel costs; however, one area often overlooked is personal use.

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