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Fleets warned of Lords moves to widen scope of manslaughter bill

THE House of Lords has stepped up the pressure on fleets over the proposed Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill.

Members of the upper house want to provide courts with the power to enforce a convicted company to publicise any conviction, outlining both its role in any incident as well as the punishment and measures taken to avoid any repeat.

These amendments act to further bolster the bill and ensure it has the widest possible effect.

David Brennan, managing director of vehicle leasing company LeasePlan, said: ‘Since its inception, this bill has acted to bring duty of care up the agenda of businesses throughout the UK. The latest proposed amendments from the House of Lords hammers home government’s desire to make the bill as wide ranging as possible, ensuring anyone who doesn’t live up to their duty of care obligations pay the penalty.’

The bill has now been sent back to the House of Commons to discuss the proposed amendments.

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