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Drivers at 1 in 5 firms crash while using hand-held phones

26 March 2018

A recent RAC Business Survey has seen 1 in 5 firms admit that their drivers have been involved in accidents or collisions while using a hand-held phone, despite their use being illegal and penalties recently being increased.

The survey of 1,000 businesses found that 19% admitted they had drivers that had been involved in an accident while using a hand-held phone. 15% of those surveyed admitted their drivers were ‘often involved’ in a collision while using a handheld phone and 5% admitted it happened ‘on a regular basis’.

A contributing factor is the number of businesses who admitted to requiring drivers to answer calls. Overall 1 in 4 expected their commercial drivers to take calls whilst at the wheel, while for larger businesses, half of them expected drivers to take calls.

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