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October 29, 2015

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Four in ten business drivers given license points

Almost four in ten business drivers have been given points on their license from work-related driving offences, according to research from Masternaut, a provider of fleet telematics.

In total, 39 per cent of business drivers admitted that they had received points on their license for work-related driving misdemeanours while 64 per cent disclosed that the points on their license was due to speeding offences.

Other offences committed by business drivers include driving without reasonable consideration for other road users (15 per cent), driving without due care or attention (14 per cent), traffic light-related offences (14 per cent) and dangerous driving (10 per cent).

The fleet telematics provider surveyed 2,000 UK employees who drive as part of their job to examine the effect of employee penalty points amassed when driving for work. Business drivers with points on their license, on average, have accrued seven points from work-related offences.

The survey results follow UK accident data that the Department for Transport released in June reporting an overall increase of 6 per cent in road casualties in 2014, the first increase since 1997.

Despite more than a third of business drivers getting penalty points on their license from work offences, almost three quarters say that they are confident they would pass their driving test again. Meanwhile, seven in ten business drivers are confident that they know all the laws of the road.

However, Masternaut says that this confidence might be misplaced because more than half of business drivers said that driving training would make them better and safer drivers. Previous research published by the company revealed that 70 per cent of business drivers aren’t offered driver training by their employers.


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