Drivers don’t take seatbelt laws seriously

Posted on June 4th, 2015 by James Luckhurst


A new survey, reported by the European Transport Safety Council, reveals large numbers are still failing to belt up, despite the risks. The pan-European survey,  sponsored by Ford, found that one in three admits to not wearing a seat belt in rear seats. One in four drivers also said they did not insist on rear seat passengers belting up.

The survey of people in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, and the UK also showed that those in Romania were the most likely to travel in the rear without a seatbelt (84 per cent), then Italy (56 per cent), and Spain (39 per cent).

An ETSC report published in March cited official data from several countries showing that up to 60% of those killed in motorway collisions were not wearing a seatbelt and called on the EU to require the mandatory installation of intelligent seat belt reminder systems (SBR) for all passenger seats in new cars.

Currently only driver seats are required to be fitted with an seat belt reminder. The EU is currently undertaking a review of the safety requirements that all new vehicles sold in Europe must comply with. Research carried out for the Commission and published earlier this month found that passenger seatbelt reminders are a strong candidate for legislation and the benefits would outweigh the costs.