The number of company car and van drivers incurring penalties for minor motoring offences – such as entering bus lanes – increased by 22.7% year-on-year, according to figures released by Lex Autolease.

The firm analysed data from the 377,000 vehicles it manages and found that drivers racked up a £15.3m bill in fines and penalties in 2018, an increase of 15.6% compared with the previous year.

The research also found that the percentage of drivers caught by bus lane cameras rose by 36.2% in 2018 compared with the previous year, while the number of company car drivers committing parking offences increased by 25.1% in 2018.

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“It’s clear from our analysis that ‘minor’ offences, such as the mistakes made by drivers when parking, can cost businesses heavily. The increase in motoring fines over the past 12 months could be down to a range of different factors, including increased regulation on the roads, changing driver behaviour and the more rigorous enforcement of penalties by local government,” said Guy Mason, operations director at Lex Autolease “With this in mind, we’re encouraging customers to take proactive steps where they can to help bring down the bill, such as investing in driver education and training to help minimise avoidable costs like parking fines and bus lane infringements.

He added: “As driving regulations continue to evolve – in part to support the government’s Road to Zero ambitions – we’re also seeing the introduction of additional charges designed to incentivise the take-up of newer, cleaner vehicle technology. For low-mileage drivers, starting the transition towards alternative fuels now has the potential to deliver significant whole-life cost savings, but for drivers covering long distances, the very latest diesel and petrol engines will remain the most practical and cost-effective option for the time being.”