Even if you don’t think wearing a seatbelt is a good idea (???) it is still the law and has come to the focus of a 74 point action plan to improve road safety.
Drivers who don’t wear seatbelts currently face a £100 fine. If the new plan comes into force this will be increased to penalty points. These then lead to increased car insurance and the risk of being banned if the driver accrues enough points (12).
This initiative is bolstered by Government data showing how 27% of people killed in cars during 2017 whereas a result of not wearing a seatbelt. That seems pretty conclusive.
Road Safety Minister, Michael Ellis, stated: “Far too many people are not wearing a seatbelt whilst travelling in a car. This needlessly puts lives at risk. Increasing the penalties for people who disregard the simplest way to protect themselves is just one of a list of actions this Government is taking to help keep people safer on our roads.”
Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, emphasised: “The United Kingdom has some of the safest roads in the world. But we are not complacent. We continue to look at how we can make them safer.
“The Action Plan is a key milestone in our safety work. It sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”