Safety Belts: Fixed Penalties

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 27 October 2022.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing penalty points for people who fail to wear a seatbelt.

Photo of Katherine Fletcher Katherine Fletcher Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Department for Transport knows that in 2021, in 30% of all car occupant fatalities recorded, seat belts were not worn. This is unacceptably high, and we have been considering options to tackle this including the potential merits of introducing penalty points. This might form part of the Department for Transports planned call for evidence on motoring offences.

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