Company car drivers 'less safe'

Motorists driving company cars are more likely to driver faster and with less regard for safety, according to politicians.

Transport expert Lord Berkeley, formerly the Labour Party's transport spokesman, put it to the House of Lords that drivers using cars provided by their employer "tend to not only drive further, but also faster and less safely". The peer asked the Government to look into the figures.

Lord Berkeley's question, put forward during the Upper Chamber's question time, was supported by current government transport spokesman Earl Attlee.

Earl Atlee, responding to Lord Berkeley's request, said: "I suspect the reason why the accident rate is higher for company cars is that their drivers are working under increased pressure and can be more tired."

The Conservative peer has asked his party to look into the matter more closely.

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