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News: Top 10 professions most likely to be caught speeding unveiled


Chief executives, surgeons and barristers are among the top 10 professions most likely to be caught speeding, with an apparently direct correlation existing between having a high-powered job and the likelihood of committing an offence.

According to an analysis of 14 million car insurance quotes given last year and analysed by, it emerged that the top three speedy professions were operations directors, surgeons and sales directors.
Porsche drivers were also more likely to have a speeding conviction than those with an Aston Martin, a Jaguar or a Bentley, while the worst offenders in age terms where aged 40 to 49.
Kevin Pratt, content editor of the firm’s Insure and Home Service’s unit, said: “Our data shows that professionals in high-paid jobs driving fast, powerful cars are more likely to be caught speeding than the average family car, or a car with a smaller engine. Your profession can say a lot about you: the type of car you drive, your age and, very often, your gender.”
At the other end of the scale, those driving only basic cars, workers in low-paid jobs such as café workers, students or young adults aged 20 to 24 were the least likely to be caught breaking the limit.
Women were also much less likely to be convicted for speeding, with only 3% of females being in this position compared with 9.2% of men.
Top 10 professions to be caught speeding
  1. Operations director
  2. Surgeon
  3. Sales director
  4. Managing director
  5. Chartered surveyor
  6. Chief executive
  7. Commissioned officer
  8. Financial adviser
  9. Hospital consultant
  10. Barrister.

One Response

  1. Impact on recruitment

    So top professionals are more likely to have speeding convictions. How would it affect your recruitment decision if the 2 best candidates had similar assessment scores and both had a speeding conviction. Make the assumption that both had been driving at 50 in a 30 zone. The only difference is that one candidate had killed somebody while speeding and served a prison sentence?  

    — Richard Thomson, Director, Recruit With Conviction – Safe and Effective Recruitment for people with criminal records

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