Currently, the offence is punishable with just a £100 fine
The UK Government is considering whether to introduce penalty points as extra punishment alongside a fine for those caught not wearing a seatbelt.
As part of a new road safety plan aimed at lowering the number of deaths on UK roads, the Government is deciding whether to start issuing penalty points to drivers who don’t buckle up.
Back in 2017, 27% of car deaths were related to people not wearing a seatbelt, yet the current punishment in England, Scotland and Wales is a mere £100 fine that can rise to the maximum £500 if the case ends up in court.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is now thinking about introducing penalty points as extra punishment for the offence. This will be part of a package of 74 possible actions to improve safety on UK roads.
These possible actions come after a report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) urging for the UK to take on the same rules as Northern Ireland, where drivers caught not wearing a seatbelt are issued with three penalty points.
The DfT’s plan to improve road safety in the UK includes focusing on rural roads as well as looking at introducing a safety training programme to help parents fit baby and child car seats correctly.
“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,” said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
Head of car insurance for Direct Line, Steve Barrett, said: “Through better enforcement and greater public awareness, we can hopefully increase seat belt wearing rates and reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”
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