'31% admit doctoring taxi expenses'
Almost one in three employees routinely defraud their employers and top up their monthly pay either by adding extra to their taxi bills or claiming for taxi journeys that are not business-related, according to a survey.
Research of 1,000 employees who regularly use taxis for work-related travel found that almost a quarter (23%) will routinely ask for a blank receipt so they can add a few extra pounds before submitting their expenses claim.
One in ten (10%) admit going a step further and filling in claims for taxi journeys that have nothing whatsoever to do with work. Some 31% of workers admit doing either one or both, the study for expense management company Spendvision found.
Employees in the North East are most likely to doctor their claims, with 45% filling in blank taxi receipts with inflated fares or making claims for personal journeys. The North West is a close second with 44%, while workers from the East Midlands are more likely to play things by the book, at 22%.
Shane Bruhns, chief operating officer and director of Spendvision, said: "Most UK employees are fundamentally honest but the fact remains that taxi fares remain an easy target for the minority of employees who are open to temptation.
"A few pounds here or there might not seem like much to an individual but if almost a third of your workforce is routinely adding £15-£20 a month to their expenses, the amount companies are losing quickly stacks up."
More than half (57%) of respondents mainly pay for taxis in cash and 27% try to pay by card wherever possible.
Spendvision warned that the dominance of cash-based transactions makes it difficult for companies to establish an effective paper trail for taxi travel, meaning claims are rarely queried.
The online survey of 1,000 adults who have taken a taxi for work purposes at least once in the past three months was carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Spendvision between September 11 and 14.