Seatbelt Penalty Will Soon Mean Points

Wed 24th Jul 2019

A proposed change to the driving laws will see drivers caught not wearing a seatbelt given points on their licence in addition to a financial penalty.

Under the current law drivers are given an on the spot fine of £100, which could rise to £500 if the case goes to court, but the Department for Transport has said that points could now be given.

The news comes after newly published figures show that more than a quarter (27%) of the 787 car occupants who died on Britain’s roads in 2017 were not wearing a seatbelt.

The new seatbelt law is one of 74 measures being proposed as a part of the government’s new Road Safety Action Plan.

Paul Loughlin, solicitor and motoring law specialist at Stephensons Solicitors, said:

“Driving without a seatbelt remains one of the most common offences committed on Britain’s roads and all too often it can have catastrophic consequences. As it stands, drivers and passengers caught without a seat belt could be hit with an on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice of £100, rising to a fine of £500 if the case goes to court. The introduction of points on top of this is a good step forward and a further deterrent, but it must be backed up with education.

“In many new cars and vans, drivers are warned if they haven’t fastened their seatbelt, however in older vehicles, there is no warning system. It’s also worth remembering that it’s not just drivers of these vehicles who need to buckle up, it’s also their passengers. Everyone over the age of 14 is responsible for themselves in a vehicle, and the driver is responsible for anyone under the age of 14. It’s crucial, therefore, that these penalties and the 73 other measures in the Government’s Road Safety Action Plan are communicated effectively and heard by everyone.”