Seventy-four actions to improve road safety have been published as part of the Government’s 2019 Road Safety Statement. The full Statement, which includes all 74 actions, can be found here.
Initial comment by PACTS is here: 2019 Road Safety Statement – PACTS comment
Increased penalties for failing to wear a seat belt is one of these measures, and one which PACTS recommended in Seat Belts: The Forgotten Road Safety Priority which was published in April, in association with Direct Line.
The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:
“The Department for Transport is also considering the report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) on seat belt use. This report analyses which drivers and passengers are least likely to wear seatbelts, what prompts their behaviour and which interventions would be best to reduce the number of casualties.”