Drivers ‘to be slapped with three points and a BAN for failing to wear seatbelt’ in road safety clampdown

DRIVERS face being slapped with penalty points on their license if they fail to wear a seatbelt under new road safety plans.

Motorists could get at least three points and a possible driving ban under changes being considered to stop them and their passengers flouting safety laws.

Drivers could face points on their license and a possible driving ban for failing to wear a seatbelt


Drivers could face points on their license and a possible driving ban for failing to wear a seatbeltCredit: Getty

The change is being considered as part of a road safety clampdown plan to be published this year.

And the penalty may apply even if the driver is wearing a seatbelt but their passenger is not, The Times reports.

As it stands, drivers can be given a £100 fine for failing to wear a belt – raising to £500 if the matter goes to court.

It’s possible, however, to attend an online seatbelt awareness course for £53 instead.

Almost a quarter of passengers killed in road accidents in 2019 (23 per cent) were not wearing a seatbelt.

The figure was up from 19 per cent six years earlier.

It’s feared compliance with the law has reduced over the last decade and the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety (Pacts) said the existing fine no longer acts as a deterrent.

David Davies, executive director, said: “Seatbelts are a great success story but the job is not yet done.

“The £100 fine does not emphasise to drivers the seriousness of the risk.”

It’s been 40 years since legislation was passed to mandate the use of seatbelts.

They were made a legal requirement in front seats in January 1983.

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In 1991, they became mandatory in backseats too.

Most drivers have taken deadly risks including booze, drugs or selfies


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