Twenty three Aberdeen council staff could be costing the taxpayer up to £250,000 a year as they take work cars home, a committee has been told.
Some 2,338 staff can drive a total of 657 council vehicles and a vehicle usage audit has just been carried out – the results of which were presented to the council’s audit, risk and scrutiny committee meeting yesterday.
The council looked at how much it costs 23 of 240 building services staff to take council-owned vehicles home each night.
“Taking into account fuel, tyre wear and maintenance costs, the calculated annual cost was over £250,000.”
The reported added that the cost could actually be around £110,000 when tax obligations have been considered.
The report also expressed concern that, while individual council departments have their own record-keeping system, there is no standard system and there was a risk insurance cost could rise in April.
The council is now considering drawing up an authority-wide system to keep down the cost of insuring its fleet of vehicles.