Being of sound body
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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Re: Remapping a company car
This is an interesting question. Anything that adds a bit of colour to life must be good, mustn't it?
However, the car does not belong to you. It is provided to you to use for your job. Any enjoyment factor is not really in the equation as far as your employer is concerned. So on a strictly moral basis, it isn't yours to modify so you shouldn't.
Next comes the vexing question of insurance if you do not declare the modification. I'm afraid I am with the majority of posters here. Hopefully, nothing will ever happen and you'll see out four years or so of blissful motoring. But IF you do have an accident, and IF it is a big one (and they do happen to people who don't expect it ever to be them) there must be a better than evens chance it will be discovered.
If it is, there is a high probability the insurer will refer you to the fine print and walk away. Not too bad if it is just a £25k car you have to find the money to replace. Rather worse if you just crippled someone or took out a bus queue.
Finally, your actions may even leave you and your employer open to a corporate manslaughter charge should it result in a fatality whilst on business.
The rules on this are getting ever tighter and I know there are a lot of procedures being issued or re-written in our company to prevent the Board being held liable e.g. our maximum daily/weekly business driving hours are clearly set out in a policy, along with a standing requirement for people to use hotels if they are likely to exceed the daily limit - just so nobody's widow can later claim her late hubby had to drive for 14 hours when he crashed because the company insisted he saw the customer, wouldn't let him stay over etc, etc.
Declare it or don't do it is my advice.
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