By Oliver Hall
Fleets could be putting the health and safety of their drivers at risk by keeping cars for longer unless they carry out proper maintenance, like checking tyres.
As the UK plummets further into recession the onus is on the fleet managers to take responsibility for the upkeep of the cars, checking them in for MOTs, replacing tyres and keeping them roadworthy.
Previously, fleet and lease cars and vans have been traded in for new models after three years, thus avoiding the need for a first MOT or replacement of the inevitable wear-and-tear products like tyres and cam belts.
But the economic downturn has meant companies are forced to cut back and there is mounting evidence that new company cars are being credit crunched.
Now car and van management teams are having to shift their attentions to keeping older cars serviced and maintained.
The new Corporate Manslaughter Act also places the onus squarely on companies to ensure its fleets must be maintained to exact manufacturer standards.