Time for change? Asks Venson

Date Posted: 16/11/2020 12:40:12

Speeding penalties considered an inadequate deterrent as motorists call for speed limiters to be installed as standard.

A recent survey conducted by Venson Automotive Solutions reveals that 52% of drivers do not believe that existing penalties for breaking the speed limit are adequate and that 27% of people would like to see a full review of the speeding penalty system.

During 2020 Brake Road Safety Week, (16-22 November), Venson is urging fleet managers and businesses to support the safety campaign’s theme of ‘No need for speed’ and ensure employees  are fully aware of their responsibilities when it comes to speeding.
Technology such as physical sat navs, smartphone sat nav apps and some on-board car computers, can alert drivers to their miles per hour (MPH) to help maintain the correct speed limit.  Nonetheless, the survey findings from Venson reveal an appeal for new drivers to have a speed limiter fitted for the first two years after passing their test.  A greater number of people, however, call for speed-limiting devices to be fitted as standard to all cars to remove the risk of offending - a move that some manufacturers are considering. 
For repeat speeding offenders, alternative penalties were suggested including a reduction in the number of points to be allowed before disqualification.  Offenders should also be offered the option of having a speed-limiter fitted in lieu of a fine or a speed awareness course - the latter of which is deemed a waste of time by some, particularly those who have already participated in one.
Simon Staton, Director of Client Management at Venson Automotive Solutions comments; “When a driver is on the road for work, they represent their company – whether in a company branded vehicle or not.  Employees who speed, not only put themselves, other road users and pedestrians at serious risk but also risk legal penalties for their employer should an accident happen and damage to the company’s reputation.”  
Speeding fines and the subsequent punishment will depend on how fast the person was driving. If they were 21mph or more over the legal limit the driver may need to appear in court and face a fine anywhere between 125% and 175% of their weekly income. They will be banned from driving for seven to 56 days or get six penalty points on their licence.
“As a responsible employer, a strong and well-understood code of conduct for driving whilst on company business should be an important part of the employee induction process, ongoing driver training and company vehicle policy. We would advise fleet managers to adopt strategies that not only create awareness among their company drivers of the consequences of speeding, but also reward good driving habits,” concludes Staton.
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