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Rise in fines issued to business drivers

Date: 05 February 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

The number of fines issued to drivers in company vehicles for minor offences, such as bus lane and parking infractions, rose by 22.7% year-on-year in 2018.

That's according to leasing giant Lex Autolease, which has analysed data on the subject from its fleet of more than 377,000 company vehicles.

The research also showed that the total cost of the accrued fines and penalties was £15.3 million, an increase of 15.6%. 

The largest rise was in the number of drivers caught by bus lane cameras - up by 36.2%. 

Parking offences were up by 25.1%, and infringements of box junctions, red routes and other similar restrictions grew by 5.7%.

Lex operations director Guy Mason said: "It's clear from our analysis that 'minor' offences, such as the mistakes made by drivers when parking, can cost businesses heavily.

"The increase in motoring fines over the past 12 months could be down to a range of different factors, including increased regulation on the roads, changing driver behaviour and the more rigorous enforcement of penalties by local government. 

"With this in mind, we're encouraging customers to take proactive steps where they can to help bring down the bill, such as investing in driver education and training to help minimise avoidable costs like parking fines and bus lane infringements."