AA calls for fleet managers to be phone aware
managers have been urged to make employees that drive on business aware of the
doubling of penalties for being caught using a hand-held phone while on the
call came from the AA following last week’s increase in the fixed
penalty for a hand-held mobile phone offence from £100 and three points to £200
and six points.
The doubling of penalties came into
effect as new research for the AA showed that drivers considered texting
while driving (71%) to be more than twice as risky as drink-driving (29%).
And with the majority of fleet and SME motorists not driving
as their primary job, it was vital that fleet managers made their staff aware
of the changes to legislation immediately, said the motoring organisation.
Stuart Thomas, head of fleet and SME services at the AA,
said: “Research undertaken by the AA shows a call or text is proven to cause
distraction reducing the ability to concentrate.
“With motoring legislation changing regularly, it can be
difficult for motorists to keep up to date with changes. Because of this,
confusion can arise, which is why fleet managers must alert their team to the
updates without delay.”
Mr Thomas continued: “Penalties incurred by drivers will
not just impact them personally, but can have huge ramifications for
businesses. This can include issues such as lack of availability of insurance
providers and increasing premiums, through to downtime from staff attending
compulsory training, possible court attendance and even loss of revenue.”
The most effective way of reducing the risk to businesses
was through educating staff, said the AA.