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Staff using mobile phones feared by two-thirds of businesses

68% of UK businesses worry employees use mobile phones while driving for work, according to research by TomTom Telematics.

Businesses worried drivers are using mobile phones

Businesses worried drivers are using mobile phones

Despite the claim, 33% of organisations still hadn’t taken steps to prevent employees from using mobile phones while driving, whether through specific policies, training or education.

Harsher penalties for people caught using their mobile phone while driving came into force on 1 March this year. The standard fine doubled from £100 to £200 and drivers can now be given a penalty of six points on the licence.

Hands-free use has been shown to be as distracting as hands-on mobile phones, yet despite this, the research revealed 68% of organisations still allow hands-free use of mobile phones by employees driving for business purposes.

Beverley Wise, Director UK & Ireland at TomTom Telematics, said, “It’s a problem employers’ must tackle if they are to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the wellbeing of their staff.

“A clear policy on the use of mobile phones should form part of a best practice approach to road safety, but cultural change is also vital.

“Technology such as telematics can play an important role in helping identify when employees are driving distracted by continuously monitoring performance. Incidences of harsh steering or braking, for example, might be indicative of greater problems that require attention.”

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.