Van drivers break the rules twice as often than car drivers, research finds image

Van drivers are convicted for motoring offences twice as often than car drivers, according to figures from AA Insurance in the UK.

Van drivers are also six times more likely to be caught using their phone while driving. AA Insurance analyzed data provided by its customers and found that 15.5 percent of van drivers have had their licence endorsed within the last five years, compared to only 7.4 percent of car drivers. Also, 2.4 percent of van drivers were sanctioned for using a mobile phone at the wheel compared to 0.4 per cent of car drivers.

“The significantly higher number of van drivers’ offences is astonishing but is perhaps down to the pressure to get between jobs and keep customers informed. But they’re clearly getting stung for it – not just fines and the risk of losing their license, but increased insurance premiums too,” said Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance.

However, the figures for the number of people caught using a mobile phone while driving is surprisingly low given that 42 percent of respondents to a recent AA survey confessed to commiting the offence. “Unlike speeding, which can be recorded by roadside cameras, a mobile phone conviction usually relies on the offence being witnessed by a police officer which is probably why Londoners are more likely to be caught,” Douglas added. 3.2 per cent of London van drivers were caught using a mobile.