Motorists face new fixed penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving from 27 February – the fine doubles to £60 and three penalty points will be given.
Yet, according to Peninsula BusinessWise, 77 per cent of bosses fail to monitor whether road-based workers use mobiles sensibly while driving.
Even worse, according to its survey 74 per cent of bosses do not realise it’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.
David Passfield, specialist consultant at Peninsula, said: “This new regulation should be given consideration, because many bosses may have inserted clauses in their contracts of employment stating that any drivers in the company must have a clean license with no penalty points.
“It is common sense for bosses to ensure that if their employees are using mobile phones, they are doing so safely, because employers have a duty of care towards their employees.”
- Encouraging workers who need to use phones to stop their car before making the call
- Providing hands-free kits.
But he warned hands-free kits should be used with care as it is possible that the conversation could distract attention away from driving.