Seatbelt shirkers face points on their licence

Seatbelt shirkers face points on their licence
Seatbelt shirkers face points on their licence
Seatbelt shirkers face points on their licence: Motorists could get harsher punishment than a fine for flouting safety law under new proposal Drivers could face penalty points rather than just fines for not wearing a seatbelt  It is being considered by ministers amid fears growing numbers are flouting law  Number of drivers and passengers who died not wearing seatbelt has increased

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Drivers could face penalty points rather than just fines for not wearing a seatbelt.

The change is being considered by ministers amid fears that growing numbers are flouting the law. 

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The proportion of drivers and passengers who died while not wearing a seatbelt increased from 19 per cent in 2013 to 23 per cent in 2019.

Data from police investigations suggests the true figure is much higher and close to 33 per cent.

The proportion of drivers and passengers who died while not wearing a seatbelt increased from 19 per cent in 2013 to 23 per cent in 2019 (stock image)

The proportion of drivers and passengers who died while not wearing a seatbelt increased from 19 per cent in 2013 to 23 per cent in 2019 (stock image)

Pacts, the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety, said the existing penalty was not a big enough deterrent.

'Seatbelts are a great success story but the job is not yet done,' David Davies, the group's executive director, told The Times.

'The £100 fine does not emphasise to drivers the seriousness of the risk.'

The shake-up is expected to be in a Department for Transport strategy out on Friday. It will also contain measures on encouraging more walking and cycling.

The mandate to wear a seatbelt in the front came into force in 1983 and in the back in 1991. 

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