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Drivers more likely to speed in company vehicles, claims Masternaut

Just under half (48%) of employees who drive for their job in Britain, have admitted to speeding whilst at work, with a quarter of those saying they’re more likely to speed in a vehicle provided by their employer than their own.

They are among the key findings from a new piece of research from Masternaut, Europe’s largest telematics provider.

It reveals that more than half of those that admitted to speeding said they would be more likely to speed to a work appointment, over a personal appointment.

Masternaut conducted the research as part of road of safety week and surveyed 2,000 UK employees that drive as part of their job, to discover how willing employees are to speed whilst driving for work.

According to statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), speeding contributes to 14% of all injury collisions, 15% of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 24% of fatal collisions.

Top 10 UK speed cities

(% indicates people who admitted to speeding)

 

City

%

Exeter

84.0%

York

64.9%

Leeds

60.0%

Leicester

58.9%

Oxford

58.1%

Norwich

54.2%

London

51.7%

Liverpool

51.1%

Southampton

50.7%

Bristol

45.7%

 

The ‘speeding capital’ of the UK was revealed to be Exeter, with 84% of people candidly admitting that they speed. Cardiff was revealed to be the speed conscious city, with 23% of residents confessing to breaking speed limits.

The research coincides with a whitepaper from Masternaut, calling for transport companies, fleet operators and field service organisations to place the reduction of corporate risk and improving health and safety for staff higher up on their agenda.

Masternaut details the steps companies must take to build risk assessments to ensure compliance with UK legislation and ensure the safety of all road users.

Martin Hiscox, CEO and chairman of Masternaut, said: “We were surprised that people feel that it’s more acceptable to speed for work than pleasure and there’s a serious message about the role of the employer in providing duty of care to their staff and the public at large.

“Speeding is an issue that employers need to put the brakes on, whether their staff are driving their own vehicles or those provided by the company.

“The first thing they need to understand the issue is accurate information about where it’s happening.

“The application of telematics can provide a solution, with added benefits of being able to take a more detailed look at driver behaviour, so that problem drivers can be identified and training can be provided to improve safety generally.”

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Darren - 20/11/2014 11:10

    It seems the majority of people who jump red lights are in company cars or vans too, from what I have seen most days on my journeys.

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  • Reg willcox - 20/11/2014 11:22

    Your time will be up on speeding once Telematics gets going. Big brother is watching!!

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  • A Hewitt - 20/11/2014 23:22

    Not when your paid 13p / mile for your fuel you don't. !!!!

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  • Reg - 21/11/2014 10:24

    I don't think it would cost you anymore in fuel to do 35 mph in a 30 limit or 75 in a 70 which is speeding not tear arsing

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