Compulsory Wearing of Seat Belts

Part of Orders of the Day — Transport Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 28th July 1981.

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Photo of Mr Ivan Lawrence Mr Ivan Lawrence , Burton 5:45 pm, 28th July 1981

Mr. John Adams of University College, London, compared Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Australia and New Zealand—all countries with a compulsory seat belt law that is enforced—with Italy, the United States of America, Japan and Great Britain, where there is either no compulsory seat belt law or it is not enforced.

Mr. Adams' findings are astonishing and unexpected. Although most of the countries experienced a substantial decrease in road accident fatalities in the years following the 1973 oil crisis, the decrease was greater in those countries without a compulsory seat belt law than in those countries with one.