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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

1 Sales Director 18.8%
2 Operations Director 18.2%
3 Oil Rig Crew 17.9%
4 Company Chairman 17.8%
5 Surgeon 17.7%
6 Managing Director 17.1%
7 Surveyor – Chartered 15.7%
8 Chief Executive 15.6%
9 Chartered Surveyor 15.4%
10 Commissioning Engineer 15.3%

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.


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