Almost four in ten business drivers have been given points on their license from work-related driving offences, according to research from Masternaut. In total, 39 percent of business drivers said that they had received points on their license for work-related driving misdemeanors and almost two-thirds of those with points on their license were from speeding offences.
Other offences committed by business drivers include driving without reasonable consideration for other road users (15 percent), driving without due care or attention (14 percent), traffic light-related offences (14 percent) and dangerous driving (10 percent).
“There’s a worrying number of business drivers on our roads who are driving in a manner that is serious enough for them to have points put on their license,” commented Steve Towe, chief commercial officer and UK managing director.
Masternaut surveyed 2,000 UK employees who drive as part of their job. This follows UK accident data released in June 2015 by the Department of Transport, reporting an overall increase of 6 percent in road casualties in 2014, the first increase since 1997.
Despite more than a third of business drivers getting penalty points on their license from work offences, almost three quarters say that they are confident they would pass their driving test again. Meanwhile, seven in ten business drivers are confident that they know all the laws of the road.
However, this confidence might be misplaced as more than half (50 percent) of business drivers said that driving training would make them better and safer drivers. Previous research from Masternaut revealed that 70 percent of business drivers aren’t offered driver training by their employers.