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Drivers Who Refuse To Wear A Seatbelt Face Tougher Penalties

New, tough penalties for drivers who refuse to wear a seatbelt as part of a 74 Point Action Plan to improve safety

£100 fines and penalty points

Motorists who refuse to wear a seatbelt may face tougher penalties as part of a 74 Point Action Plan to improve road safety in the UK, the Department for Transport revealed. Offenders currently receive £100 fines. However, if the proposal comes to fruition they will also get points on their licences. These points:

  • lead to disqualification (if collected insufficient number)
  • increase the cost of motor insurance
  • cause embarrassment
  • make it harder to hire vehicles


Avoidable deaths

The Government has revealed the scale of the problem. Consider 2017, for example. 27% of the people killed in cars were not wearing a belt. 1 in 4 might therefore be alive if they were properly protected. Road Safety Minister, Michael Ellis, suggested:

‘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’, Mr Ellis concluded.

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Further proposals

The Action Plan incorporates a wide range of other proposals to make the roads safer. There is something for every age group. Consider children, for example. Many parents struggle to install child seats correctly. Poorly fitted child seats offer less protection in a collision than their properly secured counterparts.


The proposed solution is accredited training for the people that sell child seats. In turn, they can teach parents how to install them correctly at the point of sale. Additional proposals include:

  • graduated licence for newly qualified motorists that impose restrictions, e.g. cannot drive at night (for young adults)
  • safety campaigns that focus on drink driving, mobile phone use, speeding, and passenger distraction (for young adults)
  • whether a system that stops cars starting unless motorists pass a breath test could make drink driving less common (for adults)
  • a new, digital platform that clarifies how to behave on the roads to minimise the risk of collision (for older motorists)

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’, Mr Grayling concluded.

Typical over zealous rules 'Not wearing safety belt' This should be a personal decision - stupid not to, but it doesn't effect other people. Penalty - You can't sue for damages if injured, you have to pay your own medical bills - its your fault 'graduated licence for newly qualified motorists that impose restrictions, e.g. cannot drive at night (for young adults)' Stupid - how will they ever learn to drive at night Although I guess this is not actually about driving at night, but driving when going out. Don't penalise a whole group for the actions of a few. In other situations this would be called discrimination by association. 'whether a system that stops cars starting unless motorists pass a breath test could make drink driving less common (for adults)' Utter stupidity, so penalise every driver for the acts of a few including more expensive cars, servicing and retrofits Doesn't stop drug driving either which is a growing problem. 'a new, digital platform that clarifies how to behave on the roads to minimise the risk of collision (for older motorists)' Nice touch of ageism, which happily ignores the statistics of road accidents. Is it going to be compulsory? Just a nice little earner for a software company - Like the new drone licenses. What we do need is a law protecting us from stupid and irrelevant laws!

it's odd isn't it - you can smoke or drink yourself to death legally it appears but it's a £100 fine if you don't wear a seatbelt. I'm clearly missing something here?

Well thank you for that useful comment. Intelligent conversation is clearly not your strong suite. Just hope your driving is a bit better!

whilst i agree with seatbelts for safety in 95% of cases, i do know a number of people who have had accidents in the past that have walked away with minor cuts and bruises, from accidents which would have, at best, left them trapped in a vehicle, had they not been thrown clear, so there will always be exceptions to the rules. and as for children wearing seatbelts/using child seats, why arent these compulsory in Taxi's? if i know i am taking my kids somewhere in my car (usually a 1 off, like using a taxi, as they live with their mother) i have to have a safety seat. where is the difference with a taxi? then there are buses. why do i have to wear a seatbelt in a car but NOT when travelling in a bus? am i less likely to have an accident in a taxi (which around here travel at 40-50mph regularly in 30mph limits) or a bus (which, again regularly exceed speed limits here) than in my own car? and why should taxi drivers be exempt from wearing seatbelts nowadays? increasingly they are a cashless business, so theres no need for the old 'safety from muggings' excuse! and for the record, i always use the seatbelt, before anyone accuses me of being anti seatbelt, im not. but there should be some degree ofuniformity across the board where these laws are concerned

With the none wearing of seatbelts, the discussions always appear to refer to cars and as such that a high percentage of light truck drivers seem to believe that they are exempt. I regularly see light trucks in traffic hold ups where neither driver or passenger are wearing belts. I have raised this with our police commissioners office, and the only response is to refer me to the regulations. Of course it's all very well having these regulations, but the people who are required to enforce the law have suffered savage cut backs in recent years, so the chance of anyone being spotted by the law other than on a motorway is fairly unlikely.