By RAM Tracking on 1 Jul 2022

Fleet Cars: The Impact of Speeding in a Company Car

Over 960,000 people in the UK use a company car - but who is responsible if they are caught speeding?

Often, drivers of company cars may feel tempted to slightly exceed the speed limit in order to finish a job sooner. However, speeding can create several detrimental implications for a large number of people in the event of a collision.

Risk of Harm

Speeding not only puts the driver themselves at risk of harm but also other nearby approaching drivers and pedestrians. Speeding laws in the UK are in place to protect the lives of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and even friends and families who might be affected by a sudden injury or death by speeding.

Risk of Damage

Speeding increases the risk of damage to a company vehicle. Replacement or maintenance could be costly for the company. Speeding can also reduce the lifespan of a vehicle because it uses up more energy than it was designed to.

Tarnishes Company Reputation

Companies often plaster their cars with the company logo as a marketing strategy to draw attention to their brand.

So, when employees are caught speeding in the company car, this can damage the brand's reputation and make the company seem unprofessional.

Reduction in Productivity

Although drivers who commit speeding offences may think that they are being productive and completing their work faster, it is often counterproductive because if a driver is banned from driving because of speeding, the business may have fewer resources and capacity to undertake deliveries or jobs.

Who is Responsible?

Ultimately, it is the driver’s responsibility for speeding.

However, the employer shares responsibility for making sure the vehicle is roadworthy and driven safely.

If it can be proven that the employer did not demonstrate fulfilment of their care obligations, then the employer might be liable.

When a driver is caught speeding, they will receive penalty points on their licence and a fine.

Improve Your Vehicle’s Safety

There are several steps that you can take to improve your vehicle’s security and monitor your employees' activity at work.

One of the ways that you can do this is by installing a dash cam with GPS tracking in your vehicle to have video footage evidence of any potential collisions or damage to your car.

At RAM tracking, we provide award-winning commercial dash cams and free installations so that you can gain complete visibility of your fleet.

We also offer a range of other products and services including car tracking devices and fleet management.

 

If you would like more information on our high-quality products and services, please visit our website or get your free no-obligation quote today to see how much you could save. 

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