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Soaring speed convictions prompt licence check call

LATEST Government figures on speeding convictions hammer home the importance of employers regularly checking the driving licences of staff who use vehicles on business.

More than 11,000 drivers lost their licences last year for speeding, according to Government figures, leading to fears that fleets may unknowingly have drivers who are disqualified from driving. In a further worry for employers, insurance policies specifically exclude banned drivers, leaving an employer liable but without insurance cover should an employee who has lost his or her licence cause an accident.

The Work-related Road Safety Task Group report into cutting at-work road incidents stated that employers should make sure their staff were competent to do whatever their job required, prompting calls for employers to be certain they make even the simplest checks, such as monitoring drivers' licences.

Professor Peter Cooke, head of the Centre for Automotive Industries Management at Nottingham Business School, said employers needed cast iron procedures to cham, eck regularly the driving licences of company car drivers.

He said the proliferation of speed cameras on UK roads would see company drivers accumulate more penalty points on their licences, to a degree that some are bound to be disqualified from driving.

However, should employees be in danger of losing their jobs if they lose their licences, some may not inform their employers of their problems. Government figures show the number of drivers caught speeding rocketed 150% to more than 500,000 between 1995 and 1999.

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