A little background...
I work for our local council and up until quite recently if working overtime esp evenings and weekends we were allowed to take a pickup/van home to save using your own transport for 'council business' For instance I used to frequently go down to the pier and load/unload lorries for the outer isles before and after normal working times.
This 'perk' has now been taken away and we now have to use our own cars. However we can claim mileage under some circumstances which I wont bore you all with!
But here's the rub. When claiming for mileage for the first time you had to provide them with MOT and current insurance certificate(no problems so far) HOWEVER someone in the 'top office' had decided that travelling to/from work for overtime is classed as 'Business use' and must be insured as such otherwise mileage claims will be refused.
So the question is, is travelling to/from work for overtime classed as business or just normal commuting? Or, as is suspected, are our employers just trying to save money because they know fine that the majority of workers will just accept it and think the probable extra hike in insurance premiums isnt worth the small amount of mileage payments?
It would be interesting to hear a lawman's take on this as well. i.e If someone was stopped and said they were going to work outwith normal working hours and their insurance documents stated 'Social. domestic and commuting' only would they be reported for no insurance?
Don't worry I won't be quoting any replies to anyone, it's just for my own curiosity as I personally can't claim as I only live about a mile from work and I think the minimum they accept is a 5 mile journey