Staff take firms for a ride with blank taxi receipts

30 October 2012

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30 October 2012 | Adam Leach

Almost a quarter of employees ask for blank taxi receipts and adjust the amount so they can pocket the difference.

A survey of 1,000 UK workers who have used a taxis for work purposes over the past three months found that 23 per cent “routinely ask for a blank receipt” so they can change the total in their favour. It also found that 10 per cent of respondents are filing claims for taxi rides that have nothing to do with work.

Shane Bruhns, chief executive officer and director at Spendvision, said the survey results indicated that payment method is a significant factor. “The cash-based nature of taxi travel is clearly a weak link, leaving employers with no choice but to put their faith in the honesty of their employees. From our research, we found employees who regularly pay for taxi fares by card are half as likely to submit a false claim as those who pay in cash.”

The survey, conducted by OnePoll, found fraudulent claims are more prevalent in the north east compared with other UK. It found that 45 per cent of respondents from the region admitted to falsifying claims, followed by 44 per cent of those from the north west. Workers residing in the East Midlands, according to the survey, are the least likely to submit false claims.

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