SIPTU seek Council clarification over insurance cover for new vans

Leitrim County Council has acquired a new fleet of vans, but they have yet to hit the road. Confusion has arisen over the insurance cover on all Council vehicles.

Leitrim County Council has acquired a new fleet of vans, but they have yet to hit the road. Confusion has arisen over the insurance cover on all Council vehicles.

SIPTU Trade Union, representing Council workers, are awaiting a response from Leitrim County Council over an issue with vehicle insurance cover for Council employees.

Pat Flannery, Leitrim SIPTU spokesperson, told the paper there are “discussions” going on between Council and employees locally. He said they are waiting on “clarification on insurance cover” from the Council. Mr Flannery said he understands the new fleet of vans are “on location” but have not been used yet. He said the insurance cover issue is in relation to the Council’s entire fleet of vehicles. He would not comment on the specific issue which is causing confusion.

A spokesperson for Leitrim County Council told the paper, “We are not in a position to comment on any Industrial Relations issues.”

Cllr Gordon Hughes sought clarification on the financing of the new fleet of vans at last Monday night’s Council meeting. County Manager, Jackie Maguire pointed out that the vans had not been purchased by the Council but were leased as part of long-standing agreement. “This is actually a renewal of the actual lease,” she noted.

Leitrim County Council said they are introducing a fleet of leased vans “as an efficiency measure providing the Council with better value and cost effectiveness in delivering services. The leased vans, which are registered in Leitrim, are simply replacing existing fleet arrangements.”