Feb 18, 2014

Nottinghamshire Police and the unregulated use of “pool cars” by senior officers.

A senior officer in Nottingham Police has contacted us to complain about the misuse of “pool cars” by senior officers.

It is alleged ranks of and above Assistant Chief Constable have allocated themselves cars, which are used, ostensibly by Nottinghamshire police as general purpose vehicles.  The allegation is the vehicle have been adopted by the officers as their own property.

HMRC stipulate “pool cars” have to be regularly used by more than one driver AND are garaged overnight at the place of business – in this case Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters.  Vehicle used outside this remit are classed as company cars and the user has to pay tax based to the value of the car

We are told the only drivers of the vehicle are the senior officers; each has been allocated an expensive, high value car, which they take home, each and every nights and treat as their personal property, despite the fact they have no overriding operation commitment outside office hours.  During working hours the keys are kept in possession of the senior officers and the vehicle are not used by other personnel.

The whistle blower alleges the vehicles are used by the officers for “social, domestic and pleasure” purposes and there is rarely any legitimate, “business” use, whilst the officers are on duty.  In one case an officer is alleged to have taken the vehicle on holiday to Austria!

If you know anything about the allegations or can shed light on the alleged practice, we would like to hear from you.  If you are an HMRC inspector and would like further details of the allegations, then contact us.

If you would prefer to contact us remotely, you could contact, www.policeblogs.co.uk – we are associated with the website, who will forward your correspondence to us.


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