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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 01:09 
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Majority of company car drivers knowingly break speed limits

06 Oct 2016 Author: Neil Thomason

RAC research has revealed that 88% of company car drivers admit to speeding on the motorway – a 7% increase on 2015.

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The findings, part of the RAC’s Report on Motoring 2016, also reveal that almost half of company car drivers said they break the speed limit on motorways on most journeys, compared to only 26% of private motorists.

In total, 51% of company car drivers saying they typically drive at 80mph on motorways - this is also an increase on 2015 figures, by 5%.

The statistics somewhat go hand-in-hand with the beliefs of those surveyed - nearly three quarters (71%) think that the current motorway speed limit is inappropriate for the road and that it should be increased to 80mph.

As such, the company car driver’s compulsion to speed is not as widespread on more high risk routes such as country roads. Of those surveyed only 5% travel over 60mph, and in 20mph urban area zones up to two-thirds of company car drivers keep within the limits.

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Commenting on the findings, Jenny Powley, corporate business sales director at RAC Business, said that the Report on Motoring 2016 reveals some worrying upward trends: “Knowingly breaking the speed limit is a dangerous approach to driving, whether you think you can justify it or not, and the risks associated with speeding far outweigh the time saved.

“A key way in which companies can respond to this growing problem is to make the most of telematics technology to identify high risk drivers and journeys and use the data to inform their staff training.
“Encouraging better driving behaviour will not only result in safer roads, but also enable significant savings on the cost of fuel and wear and tear on vehicles.”

The findings come poorly timed following the European Day Without A Road Death on 21 September, and with unsafe and congested motorways becoming a daily occurrence for most it appears that serious driver re-education needs to be a priority for many businesses with fleets.
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It'd be really interesting if we had the 85th%ile figures for the same roads. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 22:42 
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I used to find a high number of cars of the types used by company car drivers had no tolerance of vehicles on Dual Carriage ways, where they tail gated and sped with no consideration of other road users( witness regular trips on the A14, from M1 to the A605. Once on the A605, this type had problems with slower vehicles and often caused major hold-ups. So, was it the threat of surprise cameras on the A605 ,or an inability to competently overtake that caused the problem?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 13:48 
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I think this needs to be filed in the same category as "Pope reported to be Catholic" :P

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 15:38 
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Like that Peter.
But is the RAC falling into the old trap of higher speed = less safety. ("“Encouraging better driving behaviour will not only result in safer roads, but also enable significant savings on the cost of fuel and wear and tear on vehicles.”)

Especially when there's items such as this

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 14:54 
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The worrying thing to me is that speed limits have become s farce with little relationship to the features of the road. Most these days appear to be set at the whim of parish councils.


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I agree entirely. The setting of inappropriate limits for political reasons has brought the whole "speeding" business into disrepute. This leads to the situation reported in the article where most people drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions but are dubbed criminals.

Nobody would object to proper enforcement if limits were set appropriately.

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