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Fleet drivers exceeding speed limits by 19.4%

New research revealing UK company drivers’ appetite for speeding has been published, showing that business drivers typically exceed speed limits by an average of 19.4%.

The data – generated by Airmax Remote covering the behaviour of 5,000 drivers over 12 months – also found that on average, there were eight speeding events per mile.

The results reflect recent analysis conducted by the Home Office that reveals nearly 2.4 million speeding offences were detected in 2018-19 in England and Wales, up 37% on 2011-12, as more drivers fall foul of speed cameras.

The figures were taken from Airmax Remote’s Premium Plus service, which provides fleet managers with a full suite of features and services to analyse the performance of their fleet.

Users include a leading wholesale food provider, which says it’s cut the number of speeding infringements on its fleet by 67.8% within the first 12 months of using the service; it’s also achieved a 12.7% improvement in vehicle MPG.

Richard Perham, managing director of Airmax Remote, said: “Speeding is a major issue, especially for businesses that rely on fleets – not only from a safety point of view, but also the impact on fuel economy and poor mpg. It is imperative that drivers who are guilty of speeding are given the appropriate training to ensure that they comply with road speed limits. Not only can businesses suffer from a poor profile resulting from speeding (as company branding can appear on a vehicle), the extreme of this is a corporate manslaughter case and if the driver responsible for a fatal accident is known to have a long history of speeding, then blame can be placed on the business.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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