Drivers face penalty points for not wearing seatbelt under new ‘essential’ law change

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Under current legislation, drivers face a £100 fine for not wearing a seatbelt at the wheel. This can rise to £500 if found guilty in court, but without the threat of points on their licence.

The new legislation would also see drivers receive points if their passengers are not wearing a seatbelt.

The measures, which are due to be published later this year, are part of a strategy from the Department for Transport which aims to promote cycling and walking.

Those who are caught without a seatbelt will be given the opportunity to take an online course, instead of taking the penalty points.

The seatbelt awareness course will cost £53 and will be similar to courses for speeding offences.

This comes as the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), said that the existing fine is no longer a suitable deterrent.

On the 40th anniversary of the seatbelt legislation, PACTS are calling for a harsher punishment. 

David Davies, executive director of PACTS, called on the Government to act on their advice.

He said: “Seatbelts are a great success story, but the job is not yet done.

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“The current £100 fine does not emphasise to drivers the seriousness of the risk and is out of step with the offences.

“PACTS is calling for three penalty points too. 

“Our research, funded and supported by Direct Line Group, shows why this in needed.

“Seatbelts are vital when a crash occurs. New technology offers the prospects of avoiding many crashes.

 

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