MPs are UK’s biggest speeding offenders

MPs are UK’s biggest speeding offenders
MPs are UK’s biggest speeding offenders

Politicians are more likely to have a speeding or other motoring conviction than any other profession in the UK.

Analysis of insurance data has revealed that more than one in five (22 per cent) MPs has a conviction for speeding, more than any other job.

Radio presenters were next on the speeding list of shame, with 19.2 per cent holding a conviction, ahead of sales directors (18.9 per cent) and managing directors (17.7 per cent).

Law-breaking law makers

Proportion of speeding convictions

Profession Proportion
Member of Parliament 22.10%
Radio Presenter 20.80%
Sales Director 19.70%
Managing Director 19.40%
Operations Director 19.20%
Bailiff 19.10%
Money Broker 18.80%
Company Chairman 18.70%
Surgeon 18.20%
Chartered Surveyor 17.60%

The data, from comparison site GoCompare, looked at conviction rates for more than 1,400 jobs and found that as well as speeding, MPs were more likely to have any kind of driving conviction.

The research found that 24.4 per cent of MPS had at least one driving conviction to their name, ahead of sales directors (20.8 per cent) and managing directors (19.7 per cent).

It comes after Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was jailed for lying to avoid a speeding conviction.

Other senior roles accounted for many of the ten worst offenders, with surgeons, operations directors, and company chairmen among the other professions with conviction rates of more than 16 per cent.

Read more: UK speeding fines – how much you’ll pay

Almost a quarter of MPs have some form of driving conviction (Picture: Shutterstock)
Almost a quarter of MPs have some form of driving conviction (Picture: Shutterstock)

Job title key to insurance costs

Proportion of driving convictions

Profession Proportion
Member of Parliament 24.40%
Sales Director 20.80%
Managing Director 19.70%
Bailiff 19.40%
Radio Presenter 19.20%
Rigger 19.10%
Money Broker 18.80%
Operations Director 18.70%
Company Chairman 18.20%
Surgeon 17.60%

Lee Griffin, founding member of GoCompare, commented: “Your occupation is one of the key considerations used to calculate the cost of your premium. Ultimately, different professions are deemed riskier than others, so the chances are, if you’re a footballer or a GP, you’re likely to face higher premiums than a priest.

“That said, in some cases there may be more than one job title on a pre-defined list, that accurately describes what you do, and in this case, you could make some significant savings. For example, if you describe yourself as a ‘chef’ your average quote could be as much as £88 higher than if you selected ‘kitchen staff’.

“But remember, while trying different job titles could save you significantly, it’s important to be as honest and as accurate as possible when it comes to your insurance. Being dishonest with your job title could result in any claims you make being rejected or even your insurance being cancelled, which will prove far more costly than what you’ll save by playing fast and loose with your job description.”

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