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September 6, 2013

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Managers fail to monitor speed dial

Over a quarter of fleet supervisors have no idea if their drivers were speeding when involved in a collision, according to a report by road safety charity, Brake.

Of those surveyed, 26 per cent admitted that they did not know what proportion of their collisions were caused by their vehicles breaking the speed limit. 
65 per cent of all respondents said they had educated drivers on looking out for vulnerable road users, which included driving at a reasonable speed.
“Speed is one of the biggest killers on our roads,” said Roz Cumming, professional engagement manager at Brake. “Fleet managers not only have a duty to ensure the safety of their drivers, but also to protect vulnerable road users.
The survey, sponsored by Licence Bureau, is part of a report into driver speed published by Brake as part of its campaign to reduce driver speed among the UK’s commercial fleets.
“We cannot deny that many of those who drive at work exceed the speed limit — many surveys support this,” said Licence Bureau’s Les Owen.

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Andrew The Taxpayer
Andrew The Taxpayer
10 years ago

As long as fleet buyers keep buying rapid German saloons (‘honed at the Nurburgring’) and the cars that compete with them, then what do you expect? If a fleet driver only has to get himself and his laptop to clients’ meetings then I suggest he (it’s generally a ‘he’) be furnished with an asthmatic supermini.

My fleet operator has given me a diesel Panda and I’ve never been late!

10 years ago

Fully agree Andrew, although I think biggest risk I see on the road are the transit type and LWB vans that are left unrestricted and their drivers determined to do 90 everywhere.

I believe anything over 2t should be limited at the factory to 70 at the most. The people driving vehicles (and I include SUV drivers in this) of that size don’t understand the damage it will do when they hit something/someone at high speed. I’ve been in too may near misses with these groups of drivers.