Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new consultation, published today, seeking views on increasing the fixed penalty from £30 to £60 for failure to comply with seat belt legislation.
It is hoped the increase will deter those who still risk injury or death to themselves and others by not wearing one.
Whilst educational campaigns and publicity have made considerable differences in behaviour, some drivers and passengers are still ignoring the risks. In a crash from 30 to 0 mph, seat belts reduce the risk of dying by 60 per cent.
Views are also being sought on increasing the fixed penalty for the misrepresentation of vehicle registration marks from £30 to £60. The use of illegal number plates can have a significant impact on criminal investigations and crime detection – in particular the effective use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras in helping the police fight crime.
David Hanson said:
“I welcome the proposals in this consultation and hope that they will deter the small minority of people from not putting on their seatbelts.
“Wearing a seat belt is a key factor in avoiding death or injury in a car crash. Around 350 lives in 2006 could have been saved if people had belted up.
“If people would like to comment on the proposals or get more information about the issues, then please contact me on 01352 763 159; hansond(at)parliament.uk; or write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA.
The consultation document can be found at