Drivers more likely to speed in company cars

British drivers are more likely to break speed limits in company cars rather than their own, according to new data.

A study from telematics provider Masternaut has revealed that almost half of UK motorists who have to drive as part of their job have admitted to speeding while at work.

Furthermore, a quarter of those who admitted to speeding on the job said they considered themselves more likely to speed while in a company or employer’s vehicle.

Speeding to work?

Martin Hiscox, Masternaut’s CEO and chairman, 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.

Over half of the self-confessed speeders in the survey said that they would be more likely to speed in order to get to a work appointment than to get to a meeting in their own time.

The study also revealed the worst cities for working speeders, with Exeter topping the chart. Shockingly, 84 per cent of drivers polled from Exeter admitted to breaking the law on their way to work.

In contrast, Cardiff is reportedly where the most drivers claim to keep within the legal limits, with just 23 per cent of those surveyed saying that they speed on the way to work.

Crackdown

It could be bad news for speeders, however, as police recently announced a crackdown on motoring offences, with new instant on-the-spot fines of up to £100 and three penalty points as punishment.

Rolled out by police forces across the country from September, drivers caught by police will be given the option of either accepting the fine or going on a driver’s awareness course.

However, more serious offences will still be processed through the court system and could now carry higher fines and penalties than ever before, in an effort to deter careless motorists.

As well as that, new concealed “stealth” cameras have been introduced to certain stretches of roadway, designed specifically to target drivers exceeding the 70mph speed limit.

According to police data, more drivers have been caught by the cameras while enforcing the 70mph limit than at any other speed where limits have been restricted.

The cameras will flash at any and all drivers caught driving faster than the maximum speed limit, though whether or not the offenders are punished will remain subject to police discretion.