Every business is different Every business is different
While the need to travel on business is fairly typical, the best way to meet these needs varies widely. Every business is different - size, geographical spread, age and nature of the employees and products, financial background. The market has developed to reflect these demands.
Some businesses use vehicles purely as a tool of trade, to move people and equipment quickly and easily. In some cases a company car is little more than one part of the overall remuneration package: designed to encourage and motivate the employees concerned. In the UK, the majority of company cars perform some mixture of these functions, with some job-need purpose allied to private use by the employee outside working hours.
In some cases, cars might not even be company-controlled. Many organisations fulfil their business travel needs through use of employee-owned cars. This may be by a structured arrangement (generally to gain driver taxation advantage), or a simple ad hoc mileage allowance process through the expenses system. Many of the issues addressed in this Guide will relate to these non-fleet cars - and in the case of the employer's Duty of Care, there should only be one standard for controlling the road safety aspects of all journeys on the organisation's business.