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Sharp rise in company car driver offences in 2012

The data for the research was taken from Lex Autolease’s fleet of 270,000 vehicles and shows that more than 121,000 motoring offences were committed by company car drivers this year; an increase of 10% compared to 2011. 

Speeding and illegal parking were the most common type of company car offences, accounting for two-thirds of all infringements. There was also a sharp rise in the number of offences committed in these categories over the last year, with a 12% increase in speeding and a 13% rise in parking infringements.

A significant increase was also seen in the number of offences for bus lane infringements, which rocketed by 30% over the last year and now accounts for 10% of all offences. 

However, the number of congestion charge fines incurred by drivers in a company vehicle fell by 8%, suggesting that the majority of fleet drivers are now aware of Transport for London’s congestion charging scheme.  

Ian Thomson, head of fleet operations at Lex Autolease, said: ‘In general, company car and van drivers are under significant pressure to complete each journey as quickly and efficiently as possible and hit tight deadlines.  Unfortunately this pressure can also have a negative impact on their driving behaviour. 

‘It is worrying to see an increase in the total number of motoring offences and in particular a rise in speeding-related infringements. Fleet managers have placed a great emphasis on health and safety during the last few years. Under their duty of care obligations they must continue to educate their drivers about the need to drive safely and the consequences of poor motoring behaviour.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.