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Fleet News Hit For Six Conference: call to ban all mobile phone calls on the move

FLEETS should issue an outright ban on making any phone calls while driving, even if employees are using hands-free mobile phones.

Although the Government is planning to ban the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving and implement stiff fines for breaking the law, the conference heard this should not mean companies simply switch to hands-free models.

Chief superintendent Les Owen, head of the traffic operational command unit at the Metropolitan Police, said fleets should simply ban all phone calls while driving. He added: 'I would opt for no phone use in the car at all. The question is always whether the call you are making or receiving is really that important and whether it is worth crashing for. If there is an accident, we will check records and if a phone has been in use at the time of the accident, then that will be used in evidence in court, even if it is a hands-free model.'

The Government announced earlier this year that it plans to ban the use of hands-free mobile phones in cars from December.

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