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Fleets get warning as drivers continue to use mobiles

FLEETS are being warned to put policies in place regarding the use of mobile phones in cars as Government statistics show a ‘small minority’ of motorists are continuing to flout the law.

Latest findings suggest that 1.5% of car drivers and 2.4% of van drivers were using hand-held mobile phones while driving. Charles Davis, head of driver and fleet solutions at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: ‘That may be a small percentage but it still means thousands of drivers are flouting the law and risk killing someone every day.

‘With 2.5 million people driving as part of their job, there is a good chance that many of those breaking the law are at work at the time.

‘This is a timely reminder that companies need to have policies in place banning the use of mobiles while driving for work and checking that those policies are being followed by all employees.’

The Government claims that using a mobile phone while driving makes drivers four times more likely to have an accident. Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman said: ‘Missing a call won’t kill you, but a road accident might. I urge people to switch off their phones while they are driving to make the roads safer for us all. The Road Safety Bill going through Parliament will mean that in future people using a hand-held phone will get a £60 fine and three points on their licence.’

  • As part of the THINK! initiative the Department for Transport runs targeted advertising campaigns on mobile phones. Visit www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk.
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