§ 1990. Miss Lestor
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children who were killed or injured in road accidents were not wearing seatbelts in(a) 1989 and (b)
§ Mr. Chope
The information available is as follows:
(a) Since January 1983, all front seat occupants of cars or light vans have been required to wear a seat belt. From 1 September 1989, further regulations were introduced requiring children aged under 14 to wear a selt belt in the rear of cars or light vans where such a belt was fitted. Casualty figures for 1989, for children aged 0 to 13 travelling in cars or light vans, are given in the following table:
Child casualties in cars and light vans in road accidents Great Britain 1989 Children aged 0 to 13 Killed Injured Seat belt worn 20 4,143 Seat belt not worn 34 4,864 Not reported 16 2,180 TOTAL 70 11,257
(b) Corresponding figures for 1990 are not yet available.