89% of fleet drivers have faked mileage claims

Nine out of 10 (89%) respondents have submitted an inaccurate mileage claim to their employer, according to research by car hire organisation Flexed.co.uk.

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Its research, which surveyed 1,200 company car drivers, found that 63% of respondents had added personal miles to their work driving total for personal gain.

The research also found:

  • 20% of respondents admitted to adding private miles by mistake.
  • 36% of respondents did not keep accurate records of their business and private mileage, so ‘just made something up that looked right’.
  • 12% of respondents did not realise they had to keep personal and business mileage separate.

Mark Hall, spokesperson at Flexed.co.uk, said: “It’s an epidemic that’s costing organisations millions of pounds per year, but very few are ever actually caught.

“Those that are usually face internal discipline rather than bringing the attention of the law down on an organisation, and drivers we spoke to usually paid the money back if questioned.”