HR & Management

Vast majority of company car drivers regularly speed

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18 August 2014

Almost nine in ten (88 per cent) company car drivers admit to regularly speeding on the motorway, compared to just two thirds of private drivers, according to an RAC report today.

The report found that company car divers are almost three times more likely to reach 90mph or more – eight per cent, compared to three per cent of regular drivers.

The report uncovered a general attitude among company car drivers that it is more acceptable to speed on motorways that other roads – seven in ten said it is perfectly reasonable to travel at 80mph and 90 per cent said that the speed limit on motorways should be raised to that level.

The Government previously considered plans to do just that but they were shelved following intense lobbying from road safety campaigners. 

RAC business services director David Aldridge said: “With the introduction of next generation ‘smart motorways’, where the hard-shoulder is open permanently or during busy periods, and variable speed limits enforced by verge-side speed cameras, there is a real danger that company car drivers may find themselves increasingly on the wrong side of the law and faced with growing numbers of points on their licence. 

“Whilst drivers may feel tempted to save time in the working day by going faster, any fleet manager knows that collecting speeding points is ultimately bad for business.”

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