Company cars

Reference: 

793

Request detail: 

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

My request is regarding the Principle Officers (Chief, Deputy Chief and/or Assistant Chief) of your fire service and the provision of ‘company’ cars as a benefit in kind.

Please send me the following information:

  1. Do you provide any of your Principle Officers with ‘company’ cars?

And if so,

  • What types of vehicle, (make and model) are provided?
  • Under what deal are these vehicles provided? (e.g. leased, brigade funded/owned etc).
  • How often are these vehicles replaced/upgraded?
  • For tax purposes, how are these vehicles treated, i.e. company car or emergency vehicle?

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please refer below for the information requested:

 

  1. Do you provide any of your Principle Officers with ‘company’ cars?

Executive officers (Chief Fire Officer, Deputy Chief Fire Officer and /or Assistant Chief Fire Officer) are provided with an emergency vehicle for business use.

 

  • What types of vehicle, (make and model) are provided?

In previous years the provided car scheme covered the provision of a standard vehicle based on a Skoda Superb diesel Hatch 2.0 TDI CR 170 SE or similar, provided by Lex Autolease Ltd. If an officer elected to take an alternative vehicle, or a vehicle through an alternative provider, all additional charges would be payable by the officer.

The lease and choice arrangement has now been stopped and future provision will be a Volvo XC60, purchased under a contract established by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

 

  • Under what deal are these vehicles provided? (e.g. leased, brigade funded/owned etc).

Please see above

  •  How often are these vehicles replaced/upgraded?

Every 3 to 4 years

 

  • For tax purposes, how are these vehicles treated, i.e. company car or emergency vehicle?

If an officer wishes to present a case for a car to be available for private use as well as business use, the officer will be taxed on the benefit of the asset using the emergency vehicle template.

 

Information Released: 

Yes

Received: 

Monday, 4 June, 2018

Responded: 

Thursday, 7 June, 2018

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