One third of Britain’s commercial drivers uninsured for business mileage

New research finds 70% of business drivers have not had “adequate” driver training

One third of Britain’s commercial vehicle drivers are not insured for their business mileage and tally up an average of 4,708 uninsured business miles per year, according to new research published today.

The study of 2,000 commercial drivers, commissioned by telematics company Masternaut, also found that business drivers had not received “adequate” driver training with 70% stating that their employers had not provided any training, despite the existence of legislation which obliges employers to do so.

19% of those surveyed said that they had suffered an accident whilst driving for work, and when asked who should be liable for such an accident 80% believed it would be their responsibility, while only 20% thought their employer would be at fault.

Masternaut CEO and chairman, Martin Hiscox, said of the findings: “Driving for work is recognised as one of the most dangerous occupations and these findings clearly demonstrate a vital need for employers to educate staff on safe driving practises.

“The insurance industry is spending £2.2bn in claims annually, processing over 792,000 claims for commercial fleet insurance. This is the tip of the iceberg when you consider on-costs, downtime and the cost to businesses that self-insure.

“It raises a bigger issue for employers about not having visibility of their mobile workforce, so they can ensure they are safe and can put steps in place to spot problems and deal with them.”

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