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Almost half of Brits admit to speeding while driving for work

  • New research reveals drivers more likely to speed in a company car
  • Top UK cities for speeding revealed
  • Speeding contributes to 14 percent of all injuries in collisions

New research from Masternaut, one of Europe’s largest telematics providers, has revealed that 48 percent of Brits who drive for their job have admitted to speeding while at work. A quarter of those also say they’re more likely to speed in a company car rather than their own.

Over half who admitted to speeding said they would be more likely to speed to a work appointment over a personal appointment.

Masternaut conducted the research as part of road of safety week and surveyed 2,000 UK employees that drive as part of their job.

According to statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, speeding contributes to 14 percent of all collisions which involve injuruies, 15 percent of crashes resulting in a serious injury and 24 percent of fatal collisions.

The research also highlighted those cities where speeding is most likely to occur. The ‘speeding capital’ of the UK was revealed to be Exeter, with 84 percent of people admitting that they speed. Cardiff was revealed to be the most speed conscious city, with 23 percent of residents confessing to breaking speed limits.

City

%

Exeter

84.0%

York

64.9%

Leeds

60.0%

Leicester

58.9%

Oxford

58.1%

Norwich

54.2%

London

51.7%

Liverpool

51.1%

Southampton

50.7%

Bristol

45.7%

Martin Hiscox, CEO and chairman of Masternaut, commented: “We were surprised that people feel that it’s more acceptable to speed for work than pleasure and there’s a serious message about the role of the employer in providing a duty of care to their staff and the public at large.

“Speeding is an issue that employers need to put the brakes on, whether their staff are driving their own vehicles or those provided by the company. The first thing they need to understand the issue is accurate information about where it’s happening,” Hiscox added.

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