I can see this becoming more of an issue. When you are asking someone to insure their car for business use and drive in everyday and subtract there commute from any claims, it's at the point where it costs too much. There is also no standing payment any longer.
The difference in insurance I know here in London is ridiculous!
My Bike insurance with business use £829 without £211! The car isn't much better!
Personally I think it is cheaper for the employer, but I am not sure you can force someone to use their own car. Could you make someone buy a car just for work?
Can't believe the hike in insurance for your bike Drew
Our Jd's have always just stated must have a driving license and be prepared to travel. With the techs here having used their own cars for the last 30 years it has just become the norm but now one of the team has said he's no longer using his car.
To insure my own vehicle for work purposes didn't cost any extra luckily.
One thing is for sure it isn't going to be straight forward as I can't see the department chiefs getting a pool car that only one individual has any interest in using.
As with you Ian my insurance did not increase after including 'business use' and as I understand many insurers do not apply an increase. I suspect that some insurance companies assume that the vehicle will be used all day on business but that is purely an assumption on my part.
The job advert and JD should not just say must have driving licence. It should state that you must have access to your own vehicle for work. Also if doing >3500 business miles per annum your trust /Health board will probably insist you take a lease car as it is cheaper for them.
We are obliged to have our own vehicle 'available', and for this we must provide business cover (class 1) and breakdown cover at our own expense.
In practice that means the vehicle must be on site, however no concessions on parking price or space availability are made Furthermore it limits our choice of commuter transport, getting the bus / train / car share to work puts the rapid response service we provide at risk.
A pool car scheme has been implemented but demand often outstrips supply, and reliance is still made on Tech's own cars to keep things moving. There is a feeling that the Trust is having its cake and eating it as we still have to deliver our contracted 'availability' even though the chances of being required are substantially reduced. Our personal financial outgoings to maintain this availability are unchanged, but the reward for doing so is diminished.
No mention is made of the type or size of vehicle which must be made 'available'. My estate car covers most bases, but I doubt you could get an RO, tools and spares in a Smart car...