Fines for not wearing vehicle seatbelts are set to double under Government plans announced today.
The Government said it was consulting on raising the fixed penalty for non-compliance with seatbelt rules from £30 to £60.
A recent survey revealed that while 94% of drivers and 93% of front-seat passengers wear belts, only 70% of adult back-seat passengers belt up.
Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said: ‘The vast majority of motorists wear seatbelts but some drivers and passengers still choose not to, even though wearing a belt is a key factor in avoiding death or injury in a car crash.
‘By increasing the fixed penalty we hope to deter more motorists from not wearing a seatbelt and underline to them and other road users the risks.’
More lives can be saved
Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: ‘Wearing a seatbelt could save your life; it’s as simple as that. Research is clear that around 350 lives in 2006 could have been saved by belting up.
‘We are determined all drivers and passengers realise the importance of wearing a seat belt, both in the front and back of a vehicle.
‘Today’s proposal sends a clear message about this and will encourage more people to belt up for all trips. Alongside this, the Department for Transport will soon be launching a new, hard-hitting public information campaign reminding everyone of the value of always using a seatbelt.’
Views are also being sought on increasing the fixed penalty for the misrepresentation of vehicle registration marks from £30 to £60 in an attempt to crack down on illegal number plate offences.
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