Company car and van drivers accrued private parking penalties costing up to £2.21million in the first half of 2017, according to data collected via Lex Autolease’s fleet of 378,000 leased company vehicles across the UK.

The report reveals an increase of 16% in the amount of company car and van drivers who were fined for parking on private land in the first half of the year.

The findings also showed that, compared to the first half of 2016, the quantity of motorists penalised for driving offences between January and June increased by 9%. The overall bill for businesses during this period came to £5.67million, representing a year-on-year rise for the average cost per driver by 13%.

The amount of drivers fined for offences such as driving while on the phone or breaking the speed limited was also up 2% compared to the first six months of 2016.

Overall, company drivers committed 102,397 total offences between January and June as opposed to the 81,944 recorded during the same period in 2016.

Guy Mason, operations director at Lex Autolease, said: “It’s clear from the findings that businesses will be feeling the effects of the fines and penalties that drivers are increasingly racking up.

“While there are issues with poor signage in some private car parks, businesses would benefit significantly from a greater focus on driver awareness and education to change behaviour. Putting in place mandatory training schemes for employees may also help.”