Few Companies Feel Policies Effectively Curb Use of Mobile Devices While Driving

April 16, 2013


Employers continue to be concerned about the risk and liability posed by employee use of mobile devices while driving on the job, according to a new survey from Aegis Mobility. According to fleet safety and risk-management professionals, 70 percent of companies have written policies designed to curb distraction, but only 32 percent are confident that their policies actually achieve compliance.

Key findings include:

  • “Hands-Free” and “Zero Tolerance” are most popular policies. Forty-five percent of existing employer policies prohibit all use, except hands-free; and 41 percent prohibit all use, no exceptions. Twelve percent prohibit texting emailing and browsing.
  • Efforts to enforce distracted driving policies remain steady, with 86 percent of companies report taking some steps to enforce distracted driving policies.
  • Confidence is lacking in current policy enforcement. Only 32 percent report they are “very confident” that current methods are effective; 60 percent are “somewhat confident”; 8 percent are “not confident”.
  • Interest in policy technology continues to grow. Twenty-two percent of companies plan to evaluate either device-based software, device analytics or in-vehicle cameras within the next twelve months to better enforce compliance with distracted driving policies.

“The year-over-year results of our survey show that fleet operators continue to recognize the serious risks associated with employee use of mobile phones while driving,” said Aegis Mobility CEO Paul Zimmerman.  “Further, the survey results show that employers lack confidence in current enforcement methods and seek technology solutions to automate compliance with mobile device use policies.”