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Your responsibilities - pool cars

Before using a pool car OR your own car on business use

When using your own car on business use it is known as ‘Grey Fleet’, this term is used because the vehicle is essentially a fleet vehicle whilst being used for business purposes. All of the guidance and requirements associated with driving pool cars therefore apply to you and your own vehicle when used on council business.
Before driving a pool car or grey fleet vehicle it is your line manager’s responsibility to check and copy your licence and ensure that you have read and understand both the safe driving policy (Word) and the documents relating to pool car use: breakdown procedure (PDF), accident procedure (Word), refuelling procedure (Word) and employee guide (Word).

Check pool car before use

Please perform vehicle checks (Word) before you use it and report any faults online or by calling 557315. Please remember to complete the ‘Pool Car Fault and Damage Recording Book’ which is located in the glove box of the car, this book shows faults that have been previously reported.

Tidy up after yourself

The pool cars are for everyone so please take your rubbish, paperwork and other bits and pieces with you when you leave. The tidier the cars are kept, the less frequently we have to take them out of action to be cleaned.

If a pool car has been left in a mess with rubbish in the vehicle, please let us know and we can investigate who is not tidying up after themselves. If the interior or exterior of the car requires cleaning please use the fault reporting system and request that it is cleaned.

Leave us your phone number

Please leave a contact number on your booking so we can get in touch if you press the emergency button on the radio. Lots of people do this by accident and don’t even realise they’ve done it. If your pool car comes up as being stationary on the tracker, we have to assume that there has been an accident or emergency situation until we confirm otherwise.  

Driving licence checks

Because the paper counterpart is no longer valid an electronic system for checking licences is being piloted. This system will be phased in and everyone will be given plenty of notice and information nearer the time. At the moment, it is the duty of managers to check their staff’s driving licences online using the DVSA website.

Booking alterations/block booking

If you return a pool car early, or don’t need it any more there are instructions on steps to take on our pool car booking page.

If you feel that the system is being misused, such as block bookings or cars not being used efficiently please let your line manager know, they will then in turn report this to Fleet Services.

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