By Denna Bowman
Eight Kwik-Fit bosses have been sacked after an inquiry into a scheme allowing free tyres and repairs for disabled drivers, according to an exclusive report in the Glasgow Sunday Mail.
The managers, all from Scottish branches of the tyres chain, were among 32 who were suspended after a series of raids last month.
The majority of the others have returned to work.
Kwik-Fit are scrutinising repairs dating back to 2003 when the firm were first awarded the £30million contract for the Government’s Motability programme.
The investigation has focused on claims of systematic abuse of the deal, which gives 520,000 disabled drivers free tyres, exhausts and brakes at Kwik-Fit.
Workers are alleged to have defrauded the scheme to line their own pockets.
It has been claimed drivers paying cash for a replacement exhaust, tyres or brakes were given the replacement but workers logged the repair as a Motability job and divided up the cash.
One insider said: “The Motability scheme allows for anyone with a Motability car to get free tyres, exhausts and brakes at any Kwik-Fit.
“When a punter came in who wanted to pay cash, it was put through as a Motability claim.
“They had already won the fleet contract and been paid for it, so it was simply a matter of logging it as a Motability job on the computer accounts. They were all earning between £180 and £200 each a month on top of their wages.
“The investigation could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds and police might be called in to deal with those suspected of lining their pockets at the expense of the taxpayer.”
A Kwik-Fit spokesman said the disciplinary action followed an internal audit.
Forensic computer experts are still scrutinising entries for work carried out and payments received.
A Kwik-Fit spokesman said: “Kwik-Fit confirms that it has completed an investigation into the internal processing of certain transactions.
“Appropriate measures have been taken against any employees found to have acted improperly.”