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In a recent case (Weston Recovery Services v Fisher) the employee had returned a company mini bus which had been loaned for a holiday, in an unsafe condition. The rear step was missing and seats insecure.
Although not classed as gross misconduct it was held to be a reasonable response by the employer to dismiss the employee. The only part of the claim that the employee succeeded on was the payment of a notice period since he should not have been instantly dismissed.