Norwich Union welcomes police crackdown on firms' mobile phone policies

Article date: 24 July 2006

Norwich Union, the UK’s largest fleet insurer, haswelcomed an initiative which targets firms who fail to keep theirdrivers’ mobile phone habits in check.

And the company urges fleets to make use of the risk managementtools freely available in order to tackle the problem.

The scheme, currently being tested in London, means companieswhose drivers are caught talking on the phone while driving willget a visit from the police and be questioned about the measuresthey have in place to address the issue.

According to the Metropolitan Police, theprogramme is intended to encourage businesses to confront theirresponsibilities under health and safety law. Persistent floutingof the law could result in prosecutions and hefty fines.

Bill Pownall, motor risk manager for Norwich Union, says:“Failing to monitor staff behaviour with regard to usingmobile phones while driving is a serious breach of acompany’s duty of care, especially with the activity beingillegal.

“However, we understand that many firms need help whensetting up robust company driver policies and Norwich Union hasdesigned a raft of online tools free to download, including aready-made driver handbook spelling out the rules regarding mobilephone usage.

“And in light of the impending Corporate Manslaughterlegislation, companies need to be thinking about how theirdrivers’ behaviour could land senior managers incourt.”

To access risk management advice, visit


For further information, please contact:
Jon Clements at Staniforth on 0161 919 8022/ 07989 414486 or SallyLeeman at Norwich Union on 01603 684225/ 07800 699670.

Notes to editors

  • Norwich Union is the UK’s largest general insurer with amarket share of around 14%, with a focus on insurance forindividuals and small businesses.
  • It is the UK’s largest insurer. It is a leading providerof life, pensions and investment products and one of the largestFinancial Adviser (FA) providers. FAs provide over 70% of thecompany's long-term savings business in the UK.
  • Norwich Union’s news releases and a selection of imagesare available from Aviva's internet press centre at

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