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CEOs and MDs are worst driving offenders, survey finds

The most senior managers in UK organisations are more likely to have attracted driving penalties than their subordinates, according to a new survey. 

CEOs and managing directors are worst offenders for poor driving practices, research suggests
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The online poll of 1,000 drivers, commissioned by mobile workforce management technology company BigChange, found that while 9% of respondents who had no managerial responsibility admitted to having incurred a driving ban, the figure rose to 12% for middle managers and jumped to 25% for board level executives. 

The worst culprits were chief executives and managing directors, 51% of whom admitted they had been banned. 

Only 16% of commercial van drivers and 12% of all employees who drive on company business had received similar sanctions.

The survey, conducted by research consultancy Opinium during August, also found that chief executives and managing directors were likely to have accrued the most penalty points on their driving licences, averaging 4.8 points for chief executives and 3.7 points for managing directors. This compared with 2.7 points for van drivers.

A third (32%) of all board level executives surveyed admitted to speeding at least once a week, while a quarter said they used a mobile phone while driving on a weekly basis.

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

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.”



Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton was previously acting editor of IOSH Magazine. Before that he was editor of SHP and he has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner


  • Sadly this is reflective of

    Permalink Submitted by Steven nagle on 28 September 2018 - 12:46 pm

    Sadly this is reflective of three things..... 1) Board-level contempt for rules.... 2.) The problem with having to be in two places at once to hit productivity and financial targets.... 3.) The issue with being there every time the Client phones. Being more down to earth and realistic, and not having to have 'every last penny' in the coffers would sort half of this problem out, and the stragglers simply need 're-educating'.


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