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City seatbelt campaign aims to educate drivers, parents and passengers

  • Activity and engagement to encourage proper seatbelt use
  • New regulations came into effect this year on children's car seats
  • Do you know if you're up to speed with the regulations

The City of London Police is taking part in an international seatbelt enforcement campaign in an effort to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions.


The force, which is responsible for policing the capital’s business district,  is running the week long campaign from Monday (11 September 2017) as part of a Europe-wide campaign headed by TISPOL, the European traffic policing network.


The activity will aim to identify and  address the non-wearing of seatbelts by road users in vehicles and to reinforce the new child seat legislation changes. This operation follows on from the success of the first TISPOL seatbelt campaign of 2017, which was held in March 2017, when 2,502 penalties were issued for the non-wearing of seatbelts in the United Kingdom.


Under the new regulations regarding children’s car seats which came into effect on March 1st 2017 the cushion booster seats will be restricted to older children. Under the new rules, only children who weigh 22kg or more, or 4ft 10in tall will be recommended to use the booster seats.


Findings from the Department of Transport (DfT) have shown that the majority of car seats across the UK are fitted incorrectly, with two in every three child seats are not fitted properly.


Sergeant Rick Longden from the City of London Police transport and highways team, said:


“It’s really important that all road users, especially parents who transport children in their vehicles, are aware of the new legislation,  and the importance of wearing seatbelts.


“The international campaign will be running throughout the week and will see officers from across the Square Mile carrying out engagement and enforcement activity to ensure adherence to seatbelt and child seat laws.”


For more information about the City of London Police transport and highways team, visit our website.  

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