He told Fleet NewsNet: 'Since company car drivers are more prone to accidents than the average motorist it suggests not enough is being done. We recognise there are a lot of responsible companies adopting detailed road safety policies, but there are still a lot that aren't.' Lord Whitty would not give details of how fleet managers were to be singled out, but he has already this year blasted fleets for their poor safety record.
Yet he backed away from suggesting that there should be tougher measures used to encourage companies to adopt risk management strategies, placing greater emphasis instead on the need for Government and groups like Brake to influence company culture. 'It is the employer's responsibility to instill a safety culture in their drivers. We are not looking to introduce a whole range of enforcement measures, but hope companies recognise the importance of instilling an ethos of safe driving,' Lord Whitty said.