• For the first time Fleet News will run a debate with fleet specialists at its Company Car in Action at the Millbrook Proving Group, 11-12 June
  • The Great Grey Fleet Debate explores ways to manage and reduce the number of drivers using their own vehicles for company business
  • The debate involves spokespeople from the three finalists in the FleetNews Awards 2013 Grey Fleet of the Year category in a panel-based discussion

For the first time Fleet News will incorporate an additional seminar session as part of its Company Car in Action event when senior industry leaders seek to provide some much-needed clarity on the grey fleet issue.

The Great Grey Fleet Debate takes place on the first day of the two-day Company Car in Action, the industry’s biggest event where vehicle manufacturers demonstrate their latest products to more than 1,000 key company car decision-makers at the Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire.

The debate, involving spokespeople from the three finalists in the FleetNewsAwards 2013 Grey Fleet of the Year category will take place at 2.15pm on 11 June as part of the event which this year celebrates its 21st birthday. The 90-minute debate is open to all event attendees.

Specialists signed up so far to grapple with the grey fleet topic and the three finalists in the FleetNewsAwards 2013 Grey Fleet of the Year category are: Tristan Campbell, fleet adviser at Chivas Brothers; Adam Davies, fleet team leader at Wiltshire Council; and Gareth Roberts, fleet manager at the Countrywide Council for Wales. The panel-based event will discuss how to take control and look at ways of reducing the grey fleet.

Whilst many companies have yet to implement grey fleet polices, other fleet operators have developed tools and products to deliver a timely solution.

Fleet News editor Stephen Briers, who will host the debate, commented: “Grey fleet is a relatively new phenomenon for fleet managers as more become responsible for managing those drivers who use their own vehicles to undertake company business. It places employers literally in a grey area as they have to ensure the safety of employees driving on company business which has to be undertaken in a roadworthy and legal vehicle with adequate insurance cover.

“Many companies are simply turning a blind eye; either due to uncertainty of their responsibilities as employees or because they are unwilling to encroach on what they consider to be the privacy of individuals. However, it really is a topic fleet managers and bosses need to tackle with a robust policy to protect themselves, their employees and other road users. ”

Fleet News’ Great Grey Fleet Debate seeks to throw more light on the subject as well as highlighting ways in which the area can be tackled whatever the number of private vehicles a company may utilise from operators managing large scale fleets to bosses with a handful of staff.

Research by road safety charity Brake has found nearly one in three (32%)companies do not extend their policies on vehicle checks and maintenance to grey fleet vehicles.

Fleet operators can register to take part in the event at