Cars Drivers face three penalty points for not wearing seatbelt
There are 46 motorists on UK roads with more than 30 POINTS
With drivers supposed to face bans once they accumulate 12 points, it means some have been given special dispensation to keep their licence despite totting up enough to lose it 2.5 times over.The high points drivers were revealed in records provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to a new report.
Drivers who choose not to wear a seatbelt could be hit with three points on their licence. MPs want to increase the deterrent from the current £100 fine as data shows that almost a third of those killed in vehicles were not wearing a seatbelt.
It is 40 years since a change in the law was made to mandate the use of seatbelts in cars, a rule that was put into force two years later for front-seat occupants, and in 1991 for those in the rear.
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But with 25 per cent of road deaths involving a vehicle occupant not wearing a belt in 2016,, members of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) are said to be recommending more stringent punishments for those not belting up than the current £100 fine, which can also be just a £53 awareness course instead. The proposed points could also be given to the driver if one of the occupants is unbelted.
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David Davies, executive director of PACTS, told the Times: “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.”
The reasons for drivers not wearing seatbelts will vary from person to person, with some decrying infringement of civil liberties, and others said to be overconfident about being unbelted thanks to the sense of security SUVs bring.
But whatever the reasons, as well as risking their own death and the trauma of anyone else involved in a crash that turns fatal due to a lack of seatbelt use, there is also an economic cost MPs may consider, with each fatal road casualty costing the economy £2m.
Three in four motorists can break the law due to a lack of policing .
The motoring group warns that a 'worrying long-term trend' of drivers thinking they can avoid prosecution has set in, with the perception of being caught for an offence barely moving. The only exception is speeding, where drivers feel there is more chance of being caught now compared to 2017 - though this is only due to the increased enforcement by speed cameras rather than motorists being clocked by cops.The AA is concerned that the continuous low levels of expectation that law-breaking drivers will be caught may encourage others to drive in a dangerous manner.