Half of employees speed while driving for work

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:15
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Telematics increasingly used to monitor driver behaviour

Findings revealed during UK Road Safety Week says almost half of Brits admit to speeding while driving for work

New research from Masternaut, Europe’s largest telematics provider, has revealed that just under half (48%) of Brits who drive for their job have admitted to speeding while at work, with a quarter of those saying they’re more likely to speed in a vehicle provided by their employer than their own.

Masternaut conducted the research as part of road of safety week and surveyed 2,000 UK employees that drive as part of their job, to discover how willing employees are to speed while driving for work.

According to statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, speeding contributes to 14% of all injury collisions, 15% of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 24% of fatal collisions.

The ‘speeding capital’ of the UK was revealed to be Exeter, with 84% of people candidly admitting that they speed. Cardiff was revealed to be the speed conscious city, with 23% of residents confessing to breaking speed limits.

The research coincides with a whitepaper from Masternaut, calling for transport companies, fleet operators and field service organisations to place the reduction of corporate risk and improving health and safety for staff higher up on their agenda.

Martin Hiscox, CEO and chairman of Masternaut, commented: “We were surprised that people feel that it’s more acceptable to speed for work than pleasure and there’s a serious message about the role of the employer in providing duty of care to their staff and the public at large. Speeding is an issue that employers need to put the brakes on, whether their staff are driving their own vehicles or those provided by the company.”

The full whitepaper from Masternaut titled ‘Compliance in the Mobile Workforce – Corporate Risk and Health and Safety Guidelines’ is available on request and details how companies can create compliance in the mobile workforce, to reduce corporate risk and improve health and safety.

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