More than half of van drivers admitted to making calls behind the wheel without using a hands-free device, new research from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles suggests.
Fleets are being urged to sign up to a smartphone app that stops company car, van and truck drivers using their mobile phone while on the move.
A truck driver was on a hands-free call in cruise control and another was twice the drink-drive limit, when they were involved in a crash on the M1.
He was caught using his mobile phone on two separate occasions – one just days after new penalties had been introduced for the offence.
Two HGV drivers have been suspended from professional driving for four weeks after using their mobile phones whilst at the wheel.
Irresponsible drivers have been caught breaking the law and endangering lives in a new safety initiative.
Van drivers are almost twice as likely as car drivers to use hand-held mobile phones, according to figures from the Department for Transport.