Drivers could lose licence for not wearing seatbelt under new government plans

Drivers who don’t wear a seat belt could be hit with penalty points on their licence under tougher new government plans.

Under current laws, motorists who do not strap in are handed a £100 on-the-spot fine, more stringent regulations could lead to drivers losing their licence for failing to buckle up.

The Department for Transport did not reveal how many points may be handed out, but the penalty is currently three points in Northern Ireland.

Motorists can be disqualified from driving if they build up 12 or more points within three years.

Prince Philip was spoken to by police in January after being photographed driving without a seat belt.

More than a quarter of the 787 car occupants who died in crashes on Britain’s roads in 2017 were not wearing a seat belt, according to DfT data.

A survey commissioned by road safety charity Brake earlier this year indicated that nearly half of young drivers had been in a car with someone not wearing a seatbelt in the previous 12 months.

Introducing points for failing to wear a seat belt is one of 74 measures being considered as part of the Government’s Road Safety Action Plan.

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The devices, which are installed on all French coaches, prevent a vehicle from starting unless the driver passes an alcohol breath test.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are not complacent and continue to look at how we can make them safer.

“Today’s action plan is a key milestone in our road safety work and sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said: “It is barely conceivable that tens of thousands of drivers and passengers make the decision each day not to belt up.

“The direct effect of non-compliance might be felt by the vehicle occupant themselves in the event of a crash, but ultimately the emergency services are left to deal with the roadside consequences and the taxpayer foots the bills.”