THE SEAT BELT DEBATE: THE WEST GERMAN SOLUTION

Although the wearing of seat belts in vehicles registered since 1970 is compulsory, no sanctions or fines have been imposed for failure to comply with the regulation. The author discusses, with examples, the legal aspects of several cases. Because of the small risk that injury could be worsened by the wearing of seat belts, and the constitutional objections to the infringement of personal freedom, only about 58 per cent of the front seat occupants wear seat belts. However, recent improvements in seat belt design have convinced the courts that not wearing a seat belt constitutes contributory negligence. Thus the courts are providing the sting which the West German government has failed to supply in its legislation. A case is quoted where a driver, injured in an accident and not wearing a seat belt, was found to be ineligible for the six weeks full salary which his employer must pay according to German law. (TRRL)

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    Law Society

    113 Chancery Lane
    London WC2A 1PL,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Horton, K C
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Pagination: p. 1
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  • Accession Number: 00330382
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1981 12:00AM