One-fifth of all drivers on company business admit to sleep driving in the past year, rising to one-third when only company car drivers are considered.
This is despite a report from the University of Auckland which claims that drivers who reported feeling sleepy at the wheel are eight times more likely to have an accident than those who are not. Although there is a great risk, just 24% of fleet decision-makers issue guidance on tiredness and driving.
In another area where safety can be improved, just 32% of fleets say they have a policy of prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving, despite looming Government legislation that will enforce a total ban on the use of hand-held mobile phones at the wheel. Also, just 28% of companies offer their staff any form of driver training, although this is an increase compared to 23% in 2000.