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Increasing Number of Driving Offences Committed by Employees Can Cost Employers Billions of Pounds

November 30, 2009

In the past six months, just under a third (31%) of employees using a vehicle for work committed an offence while driving on the road.

A report from Enterprise Rent-A-Car reveals a culture of driving misbehaviour that could cost employers millions of pounds through fines, administration costs and insurance premiums each year.

More than half (51%) of the driving offences committed were due to speeding while a quarter (24%) were due to driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Inappropriate insurance was the cause of one in 10 offences and a failure to pay fixed-penalty notices affected one in six (16%).

Currently, more than one in three workers (35%) use their own car for business purposes, making it the most common form of business transport.

Rob Ingram, director of business rental at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said: “Although employers cannot directly control their employees’ driving habits, they can ensure that the car they drive for work is regularly serviced and safe to drive. Whether a driver is in a company car or a private vehicle, responsibility remains with the employer.  

“Using privately-owned vehicles for work purposes is often part of the problem. Not only do these vehicles tend to be older and less well-maintained than leased or rented vehicles but they require a great deal of time and effort to manage properly.

“They also need to be clear about what their drivers’ insurance actually covers. A lot of drivers use their cars for work without the appropriate business insurance. This can result in significant fines and time lost for small businesses with drivers off the road.”

Source: www.hrmagazine.co.uk 

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