Wearing a seat belt is mandatory in the coach, but this is almost never taken into account. Failure to do so can not only result in a fine of 1992 euros, but in the event of an accident, passengers without a seat belt usually also have a worse off. In addition, the insurance can pay less compensation.

Although since 1992 we have fitted a seat belt in front and in the back of the car, have to wear, the first seat belts on public buses and coaches only appeared in this century. This happened after instead of 60 she also 100 were allowed to drive kilometers per hour. Since then, the seat belt requirement has also been enforced there, but in practice it appears that many people do not comply with this.

“We simply have no idea, literally and figuratively: the drivers see It’s very bad for people to put on their seat belts themselves. And there are also no numbers or signals from, since our QLiners in 1992 with 149 were driving kilometers per hour on the highway,” says Bonnie Wiersma of QBuzz Groningen and Drenthe.

Do not point out to any passenger feasible Having the driver point out to every passenger when boarding that they must wear a seat belt is not feasible in practice, according to Wiersma. “However, the seat belt requirement is described on the information screens in the bus, there are stickers that draw your attention to it and you can of course also see the seat belts themselves. So you can’t really miss it.” But it is still everyone’s responsibility to fasten the seat belt. Occasionally there are OV-BOAs in the bus that could keep an eye on it, explains Wiersma. “But yes, if you see them getting in, you can quickly put on your seatbelt of course.”

The actual effect of wearing a seatbelt Sitting in a car or bus without a seat belt can not only result in a fine of 149 euros, but can also cost your life or health. Director Frederik Lieben of the JBL&G personal injury agency in Amsterdam explains that the Foundation for Road Safety Research already concluded when the seat belt requirement was introduced in the 1970s that the risk of fatal injury in an accident in which the seat belt is used was 60 percent lower. The chance of serious injury then even decreases by a certain 60 percent. “People who are thrown from the car in an accident die three times as often as people who are kept tied up in the car by the seat belts.”

‘Belt discount’ on compensation Finally, not wearing a seat belt can lead to a ‘belt discount’, warns Lieben. “Sounds like an advantage, but it certainly isn’t. Belt discount is applied by the insurer if it turns out that someone was not wearing a seat belt in an accident, and (partly because of this) was seriously or more seriously injured. Anyone who was not wearing a belt will be partially found guilty of their own injury.”

According to Lieben, these people will then only be paid a part of any compensation. “Usually it is about 22 percent that is deducted. Anyone who knowingly and willingly gets into the car with an obviously intoxicated driver and does not put on his seat belt, can count on a seat belt discount of 60 in the event of an accident. percent.”

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