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Employee gets ticket in company car: Who pays?

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Q. We give certain employees company cars to drive. If they get traffic tickets, are we responsible for paying the fine? Or can we hold the employee liable? We don’t have a company policy on this. I was wondering if there are any sample policies.  — Madelene, California

A. No, you probably aren’t responsible for paying the fine. A simple policy stating that employees are responsible for paying for parking tickets and other traffic fines incurred while operating a company-provided vehicle should suffice.

Some employers will pay fines for employees when the fine is something outside the employees’ control, such as if the employer failed to renew the tags or didn’t fix a maintenance issue. (In fact, some state laws, including California, do require employers to pay certain fines related to the operation of commercial motor vehicles.)

If the employee is assigned a company-owned car and takes it home every night, it is probably wise to adopt a policy that requires the employee to obtain maintenance as needed or scheduled, even if the employer reimburses the employee for the costs of maintaining the vehicles.

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Fiona July 10, 2018 at 1:27 pm

If a company requires you to drive their company car, and they cover all related expenses, gas, maintenance, shouldn’t they also cover cost of parking the vehicle overnight in our urban apartment building? They are proposing to drive a personal car across town every morning to pick up the company car (which would add time and gas spent on personal vehicle) instead of paying a $200 monthly parking fee. What is the fair solution?


vera savage June 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm

my friend was driving a truck for his employer, had a accident . found out the employer didn’t have any insurance on the truck.Now my friend has to pay a fine because the truck doesn’t have insurance can he fight this ? I live in Alabama the police said if owner of the truck went and got insurance in a few days they would null the ticket?


Kalley September 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

My husband drives a truck for a furniture company, he got a seatbelt ticket while in the company truck because it is broken. Should he have to pay the ticket or should the company?


kalley September 13, 2016 at 4:39 pm

in Michigan, forgot to add


Jason October 2, 2016 at 5:19 pm

The company should pay due to the negligence of them approving the truck for uses on the road and ignoring that the broken seat belt causing a hazard for the driver’s safety.


John MacDonald November 5, 2015 at 5:56 pm

I’m wondering how I would find the insurance code regarding tickets that happen in the course of employment and how the individual may be exonerated from being rated with the moving violation on their personal auto insurance policy.


Caroline January 2, 2018 at 9:59 am

I am also curious about this. Would love to know the answer because in New York City every truck is an easy ticket target that can put points on someone’s license and raise insurance.


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