Drivers not wearing seatbelt could lose their licence

Drivers without a seatbelt can currently expect a fine

Friday, July 19, 2019

Drivers who refuse to wear a seatbelt could be handed penalty points in addition to a fine as part of tougher sanctions being considered by the Department for Transport.

Currently motorists are fined £100 for not wearing a seatbelt, but their points remain unchanged.

The DfT has not revealed how many points would be handed out under the proposals, but three points are used in Northern Ireland.

Motorists who build up 12 or more points within three years can be disqualified from the roads.

DfT data showed 27 per cent of those who died in car crashes on Britain’s roads in 2017 were not wearing a seatbelt.

The measure is one of 74 changes being considered as part of the government’s Road Safety Action Plan.

It is also considering the feasibility of fitting breathalyser-style devices to vehicles driven by convicted drink drivers.

The device prevents a vehicle from starting unless the driver passes an alcohol breath test.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are not complacent and continue to look at how we can make them safer.”

“Today's action plan is a key milestone in our road safety work and sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said it is “barely conceivable” that motorists make the decision not to wear a seatbelt.

“The direct effect of non-compliance might be felt by the vehicle occupant themselves in the event of a crash, but ultimately the emergency services are left to deal with the roadside consequences and the taxpayer foots the bills,” he said.

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