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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.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles surveyed 1000 van drivers and found just 41% use hands-free or Bluetooth to make calls when they're driving, despite spending an average of 37 minutes on the phone while driving and making seven calls a day.

    This news comes three 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.

    This comes off the back of last year's research, when Volkswagen found:

    • 23% of drivers 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
    • One in 10 van drivers actually spend two hours on the phone while in their vehicle

    Claire English, Head of Fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “Mobile phone use behind the wheel is a topic that we’ve been monitoring for the past couple of years and the recent statistics show it is still a huge safety problem on UK roads. Despite carrying a hefty punishment, it lacks the taboo of other offences such as drink-driving and this needs to change.

    “As part of our Working With You promise, we’re committed to improving safety on UK roads for both our customers and other road users, always ensuring we provide the right equipment for the job, for example offering Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and a handsfree kit as standard across the range.”

    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.

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