Legislation to pose fleet firms problems

The introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act on 1 October looks set to create a major administrative problem for fleet operators.

The Home Office insists the new legislation will assist with the 'restoration of British liberties' as it includes policies such as a ban on wheel clamping on private land, which reportedly costs drivers £55 million a year in release fees.

And the move has been welcomed by motoring organisations and other representative bodies but Edmund King, president of the AA, has also warned that it may prove to be somewhat problematic for the fleet industry.

"Every time a company vehicle goes out on the road fleet operators need to know who is behind the wheel," he told Fleet News.

The registered keeper of the vehicle can be liable for any parking fines for offences on private land according to the British Parking Association (BPA) and Paul Watters, the AA's head of public affairs, says the legislation has been drafted rather hurriedly.

"It is very confusing and I think the legislation will be tested in the courts," he added.

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