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PHH and FCM move on mobile phone usage

THE UK's two largest fleet management companies are pre-empting anticipated Government legislation to outlaw the use of all but hands-free phones in cars after nearly 50% of drivers admitted making calls on hand-held units.

PHH Vehicle Management Services and Fleet Cost Management have confirmed they will be installing hands-free equipment across their fleets in response to mounting concern over safety.

Meanwhile the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, while agreeing that hand-held mobile phones could be a menace when used by drivers, said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accident's call for a complete ban was a step too far. Secretary general Norman Donkin said: 'We recommend hand-held mobile phones are used only when the vehicle is stationary and parked in a safe place but that it is acceptable to receive calls on hands-free phones while on the move.'

PHH is also calling on car manufacturers to fit appropriate wiring for the installation of hands-free kit as standard, while FCM is making it a disciplinary offence for drivers to use a hand-held phone while on the move.

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