Work Vehicle: When Companies Need Fleet Vehicles and When They Don’t
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Work Vehicle: When Companies Need Fleet Vehicles and When They Don’t

By Ben Reiland November 4, 2021

Categories: Anywhere Workforce Vehicle Reimbursement

When it comes to driving for work, most employees can drive their own personal vehicles. However, in some instances, a specific work vehicle is required for employees to do their jobs. What jobs require those specialized vehicles? Here are a few. 

Waste Management

Waste management plays an essential role in the city ecosystem. And, without the proper vehicles, the job would be impossible to get done. There are many types of garbage trucks, or waste collection vehicles. From front-end and rear loaders to manual and automated side loaders, there are plenty of options. These may be crucial as a work vehicle, but not suitable as a personal vehicle.  

Airport

Airports are full of vehicles. Not just the flying kind, either. There are vehicles to move planes, vehicles to de-ice planes, vehicles to fuel planes and vehicles to provide steps onto planes. As funny as the Bluth family airstairs may be, none of these are practical personal vehicles.  

Utility Companies

Not every call to a utility company requires a utility-company-specialized vehicle. Workers out to mark gas lines or monitor meters could drive any vehicle. Lineworkers, however, need an elevated work platform, or cherry picker, to perform their duties. Again, while the kids may love it, not the best personal vehicle. Some utility companies also provide employees with trucks like Ford F-150s to ensure they can reach their worksite with the necessary equipment. 

Construction

When it comes to fleet vehicles, construction has many types. Some might classify as heavy equipment: cranes, excavators, loaders, roller compacters. Without a doubt, these are all essential to the tasks they were created for. But each of them would be impractical personal vehicles. As with utility companies, some construction companies also provide fleet vehicles like Ford F-150s, again to ensure employees and their tools can make it to the worksite. 

When isn’t a fleet work vehicle necessary? 

Many companies that provide fleet vehicles for their employees do so even when the job requires no specialty vehicle. Many pharmaceutical, med device, retail, food and beverage companies offer fleet vehicles to their employees as a perk of their position. And it might be that some prospective talent view that as a perk. However, more often than not, employees prefer their personal vehicles. Fleet vehicles don’t allow for the freedom of choice employees appreciate with the personal vehicle they drive every day. 

Even if fleet vehicles remained a big draw for talent, these programs are exceedingly expensive for companies. They require managementmaintenance and fuel. Each of these costs fall on the shoulders of the company. Not to mention the risk fleet vehicles pose companies.  

What should my company do? 

For some industries, work vehicles are specialized. The garbage truck isn’t going away any time soon. But companies in industries that don’t require specialized vehicles should consider looking at alternative programs. Alternative programs can provide employees with fair reimbursements for the business use of their personal vehicles. Driving the vehicle they own and love can also be seen as a perk. Interested in learning more about fleet alternatives? 

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