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More than half of van drivers admitted to making calls behind the wheel without using a hands-free device, according to new research from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.



Van drivers admit not using hands free


The survey suggests that, on average, van drivers spend an average of 35 minutes on the phone each day in their vehicles, making an average of seven calls a day. One in 10 spend two hours on the phone while driving during the working day.


The results of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ investigation comes two years on from tougher laws governing the use of mobile phones.


Since March 2017, driving while using a device – including making calls, texting, taking selfies or posting on social media – has carried a fine of £200 and a six penalty point endorsement on your licence. Being caught twice is enough to have your licence revoked.


However, many are risking breaking the law by not having a hands-free kit in their vans (23%) or failing to use the technology even if their vehicle is fully-equipped (33%).

Just over a quarter (27%) said their vehicle was fitted with hands-free and they always use it to make phone calls while driving.



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