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High-level executives biggest culprits for speeding

High-level executives have the highest proportion of speeding convictions of any occupation in the UK, with sales directors the biggest culprits.

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Sales directors are joined by other high-level executive professionals including operational directors (18.2%), MDs (17.1%) and chief executives (15.6%) in the top 10.

Research from Gocompare.com Car Insurance found that nearly a fifth (19%) of sales directors have picked up a speeding conviction in the last five years, more than three times the national average (6%) of all occupations.

Sales directors are joined by other high level executive professionals including operational directors (18.2%), managing directors (17.1%) and chief executives (15.6%) in the top 10.

Other occupations exceeding the speed limit, at a higher proportion than average, include police officers (7.2%), journalists (8.4%) and ministers of religion (9%).

Alternatively, the occupations among the least likely to receive speeding convictions are packers (1.9%), car wash attendants (2.4%) and playgroup assistants (2.6%).

Dr Craig Knight, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and director of Haddleton Knight, specialises in Psychology of working environments and commented: “Almost all professions with the highest proportion of speeding penalties are roles that involve longer journeys where speed will be involved.

“And of course, all the roles within the top 10 are very well paid, even in the context of this study; the job holder can afford higher performance, faster vehicles.”

Top 10 professions to receive speeding convictions

1Sales Director18.8%
2Operations Director18.2%
3Oil Rig Crew17.9%
4Company Chairman17.8%
5Surgeon17.7%
6Managing Director17.1%
7Surveyor – Chartered15.7%
8Chief Executive15.6%
9Chartered Surveyor15.4%
10Commissioning Engineer15.3%

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