A leading organisation has called for the Traffic Commissioner to be empowered to suspend bus licenses when the wearing of seatbelts by children is not encouraged, which could cut the number of whiplash injuries being sustained.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) made the recommendation in its response to the government’s consultation on the use of seatbelts on buses and coaches.
It stated that there is no need to make it a crime not to enforce seatbelt use as long as there are other sanctions available for failing to do so.
The organisation also warned that foreign buses driving in the UK would need to be dealt with so as to cut the risk of accidents causing whiplash injuries.
According to the government’s Think! Campaign, car passengers are twice as likely to die in an accident if they are not wearing a seatbelt.
It revealed that, in 2009, 21 per cent of car occupants killed in car accidents were not wearing their seatbelts.
Posted by Verity Taylor