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Safety Belts: Vans

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will launch a campaign to target van drivers not wearing seat belts in breach of the 50 metre delivery exemption limit. (142899)

Failure to wear a seat belt in this situation is an offence under section 14 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and associated regulations. The Roads Policing Strategy, agreed by ACPO, the Department for Transport and the Home Office recognises failure to wear seat belts generally as one of the key behaviours leading to avoidable deaths and injuries on the roads and gives an undertaking to tackle it. Enforcement of the law is an operational matter for individual chief officers of police. I have no plans to ask them to launch such a campaign.