Driving your own car for work

Last updated: 04 Mar 2020

Employers owe the same duty of care to staff members who drive their own cars for work – something often called ‘grey fleet’ – as they do to employees who drive vehicles which they have provided. However, health and safety law does not apply to people commuting, unless they are travelling from their home to somewhere that is not their usual place of work.

However, under road traffic law, it is an offence to “cause or permit” a person to drive a vehicle that is in a dangerous condition or without a valid licence or insurance. Therefore, employers may have procedures to ensure that all vehicles used for work, irrespective of who owns them, are safe and properly maintained, and are fit for purpose.

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