SAFETY BELTS AND CHILD RESTRAINTS - THE PROPORTION OF CARS FITTED AND OF OCCUPANTS USING THEM

Surveys of safety belt usage in London and the Thames Valley over the period 1964-1973 are summarised, together with results of an intensive survey in Hounslow in 1970, a survey of the fitting and use of child restraints in 6 towns in 1974 and a junior accident prevention council of Rospa study covering eight regions of Great Britain during 1969 and 1970. The proportion of cars fitted with safety belts to the front seats rose from about 28 per cent in 1967 to 95 per cent in 1973. The percentage of cars observed on motorways with drivers wearing safety belts rose from about 9 per cent in 1964 to 31 per cent in 1970 remained fairly constant up to 1972 and then rose sharply to 49 per cent in 1973; the pattern on 'a' class roads was similar; on town roads the percentage rose from 5 per cent in 1964 to 9 per cent in 1968, remained fairly constant up to 1972, rising to 20 per cent in 1973; in central London the percentage rose from 2 per cent in 1964 to 17 per cent in 1973. The increase in safety belt wearing in the last year coincided with a large national advertising campaign to encourage the use of safety belts sponsored by the Department of the Environment and followed the legal requirement to fit improved seat belts to new vehicles. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Farr, B N
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096346
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL LR 644
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM