1st October 2018


Bosses are the worst road hogs

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The worst culprits for receiving driving penalties are chief executives and managing directors, a study has found.

An online poll, commissioned by BigChange, a mobile workforce management technology company, revealed 51 per cent of the most senior managers in UK organisations admitted they had been banned.

A thousand drivers took part in the survey which showed just 9 per cent of respondents who had no managerial responsibility admitted to having incurred a driving ban. This figure increased to 12 per cent for middle managers and rose to 25 per cent for board level executives.

Research consultancy Opinium carried out the survey, which also noted that chief executives and managing directors were most likely to have the most penalty points on their driving licences, averaging 4.8 points for CEOs and 3.7 points for managing directors. This was in comparison to 2.7 points for van drivers.

The research coincides with the launch of Leaders for Life, a new BigChange campaign designed to encourage business leaders to promote safer driving at work. Department for Transport data shows a total of 1,792 people were killed on Britain’s roads in 2016, the highest annual total since 2011.

A third of all board level executives who took part in the survey confessed to speeding at least once week, while a quarter admitted to using a mobile phone while driving on a weekly basis.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at road safety charity Brake, which supports the campaign, said: “Speeding and mobile phone use are illegal and highly dangerous driving behaviours which can all too easily result in devastating consequences.

“Nearly a third of all road deaths involve someone driving for work and that won’t change until business leaders take charge of their own driving habits and those of their employees. This research shows that anyone who gets behind the wheel can be guilty of dangerous driving, and business leaders must do more to manage the behaviour of everyone on their behalf.”