New fixed penalty fines for not wearing
- 2nd August 2009
New legislation has seen the fine for drivers who fail to wear
their seatbelts double in a bid to reduce
Following a public consultation to find out the views of people
on how to address the fact that many motorists fail to comply
with seatbelt laws, despite the fact it increases the risk of
them being seriously injured or killed should they be involved
in a road accident, it
was decided that the fixed penalty fine should be increased.
The fixed penalty fine for failing to wear a seatbelt for adults
whether they are the driver or passenger has increased from £30
It is also the driverís responsibility to ensure that any
occupants under 14 use a seatbelt or
suitable child restraint or they will again face a £60 fine.
Although educational road safety campaigns on
safety have helped to get more motorists to use their
seatbelts, their are still vehicle users killed most days in
on the UK's roads which would have been prevented had a seatbelt
In a car crash at 30mph, correct use of a seatbelt will reduce
the risk of being killed by 60%.
Alan Campbell of the
Home Office, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State said:
"The vast majority of motorists wear seat belts but we need to
go further to make it clear to those who do not obey the rules
that they are not only risking their lives but others too.
"By increasing the fixed penalty, we are sending a clear message
to motorists that we will crack down on them if they are caught
failing to take this vital safety precaution. This is not about
taking money from motorists; itís about doing all we can to keep
the public safe on our roads."