Diane Sinclair, lead advisor, public policy, for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said: 'Employers should make it clear, particularly to those who do a lot of driving, that they should not make or receive calls, using a hand-held phone, while driving.' The CIPD has about 116,000 members and advises Government and businesses on employment policy.
Following a review of its policy, Lex Vehicle Leasing has banned its own 200 company car drivers from using phones – both hand-held and hands-free – while driving.
Debbie Morgan, service delivery manager at Lex, said: 'We have issued the new policy to all company car drivers, having had the policy signed off by the Lex Board, which in itself reinforces to our employees that this is something which is vitally important.'
The Department for Transport is consulting on plans for a new offence of using a hand-held phone while driving and is proposing £30 on-the-spot fines.