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Three local councils go live with Tusker salary sacrifice car schemes

The latest schemes cover nearly 10,000 employees and brings Tusker’s total number of live SalarySacrifice4Cars schemes (SS4C) to more than 180.

Sandwell Council, which has around 5,000 employees and which went live in June, has reported that its scheme has been very well received by employees and that in excess of 40 new car orders have already been placed.

Chief executive Jan Britton said: ‘The salary sacrifice car scheme joins a number of benefits under our Sandwell Employee Benefits Scheme package, and after two months is already ahead of where we expected it to be.’

Meanwhile Calderdale Council has launched a new low carbon car scheme to more than 3,600 eligible employees. The initiative was driven by the council’s transport services manager, Paul Topham, who recommended the idea of a salary sacrifice car scheme, open to all permanent employees, to the Human Resources department.

‘It was very straightforward to implement the scheme, and we set a carbon cap of 130/km on the scheme, which we thought was appropriate for our needs as it made more family type cars, such as MPVs and SUVs, available to our staff,’ added Topham.

So far, the Calderdale scheme has been greeted very enthusiastically with more than 40 new car orders being placed in the first three months, covering a wide range of vehicles from Ford Fiestas to Range Rover Evoques.

At Oxford City Council, the new salary sacrifice car scheme has also been set with a carbon cap of 130g/km, and gives employees a choice from up to 3,500 available new models. The council has 1,200 eligible employees and went live last month

Oxford City Council looked at several suppliers before selecting Tusker based on its advanced technology, along with extensive driver support not only during the order process, but also throughout the entire agreement.

Payroll technician Paul Collins, said: ‘Our employees already have access to other salary sacrifice schemes for childcare vouchers and cycles for work, and in a survey identified that a car scheme would be a welcome addition to those benefits available.

‘Feedback to date has been very positive and the web portal for employees to choose their new cars, and for us as employers to authorise orders, is very easy to use,’ he said.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.