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Number of motoring offences committed by fleet drivers increases by 9%

Date: 21 August 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The number of company car drivers fined for motoring offences increased by 9% in the first half of the year, according to data from leasing giant Lex Autolease, which compiled the figures from the firm's fleet of 378,000 leased company vehicles operating across the UK.

In total, 102,397 offences were carried out by fleet drivers in the first half of 2017, compared with 81,994 in H1 2016.

Lex also claimed the bill for businesses reached £5.67 million with the average cost per driver increasing by 13%.

However, that wasn't the biggest increase when compared with the first half of 2016; that goes to the number of company car and van drivers fined for parking on private land, which increased by 16%.

The private-parking fines cost businesses £2.21 million in the first half of the year, while the percentage of drivers fined by councils for parking illegally increased by just 4.0% over the same period.

Instances of company car drivers speeding increased by 2.0% during the first half of the year - with 26,698 tickets issued, compared with 22,852 in the first half of 2016 - while the number of bus lane infringements recorded rose by 1.4%.

Lex Autolease also said the number of other motoring offences committed (which includes non-endorsable traffic offences, such as driving in a box junction or stopping on a red route) increased by 19.1% to 12,942.

"It's clear from the findings that businesses will be feeling the effects of the fines and penalties that drivers are increasingly racking up," said Guy Mason, operations director at Lex Autolease. "While there are issues with poor signage in some private car parks, businesses would benefit significantly from a greater focus on driver awareness and education to change behaviour. Putting in place mandatory training schemes for employees may also help."