Van drivers still using their phones behind the wheel

More than half of van drivers admitted to making phone calls without using a hands-free kit, new research has found.


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles surveyed 500 van drivers and found some shocking figures:

  • 23% of drivers said they don’t have a hands-free kit in their van
  • 33% don’t use their hands-free kit even though they have one in their van

Just 27% had hands-free technology in their van and always use it when making phone calls and driving.

This research comes two years after laws around the use of mobile phones were made stricter. Since March 2017, anyone making calls, texting, taking selfies or using social media risks a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

Van drivers spend an average of 35 minutes on the phone while driving, making seven calls a day – and one in 10 spends actually spends two hours on the phone while in their vehicle.

Sarah Cox, head of marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “Our figures show that many van drivers don’t have or aren’t using a Bluetooth hands-free kit behind the wheel – risking not only a fine and potential ban, which would damage business, but, more seriously, a potentially fatal accident.

“As part of our Working With You promise we ensure all our customers have the right accessories and equipment to make their jobs as easy and safe as possible, whether that’s offering flexible van servicing or something as simple as a hands-free kit as standard.”

Stay safe behind the wheel by using a hands-free kit to make calls, and leave all other phone use for when you’re out of your vehicle.