Company car driver fines increase by 16%, says Lex
16 February 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Motoring-related fines accrued by company car drivers increased by 16.5% in 2014, according to new figures from the UK's largest leasing firm Lex Autolease.
Drivers on the company's 290,000-vehicle book committed 20,525 more offences in 2014 compared to 2013, with the total number of offences rising to 144,955. That equated to fines of £9.4m.
Parking fines increased by 23% to 58,089 tickets. Lex said this mirrored a trend seen among non-company car drivers, while the number of drivers caught committing endorsable offences such as speeding, dangerous driving or using a hand-held mobile increased from 34,985 in 2013 to 40,001 last year.
"Businesses ought to be concerned by the increase in the total number of motoring offences, especially the rise in more serious infringements such as speeding and driving whilst on a mobile phone," said guy Mason, head of fleet operations at Lex Autolease. "Company drivers are often under more pressure than ordinary motorists to complete each journey as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately the need to hit deadlines or attend meetings on time can sometimes lead to poor behaviour on the road.