New seat belt controls on buses after disappointing statistics

Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix
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The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is conducting new checks on passenger seat belt use in buses throughout the country. The reason is that fewer say they wear a belt.
Only 69 percent now state that they use a seat belt in a bus, compared to 73 percent in the same period last year.

At the same time, seat belt use is even lower among passengers aged 16 to 29 years. Only half of the youngsters choose to use a seat belt, according to a survey conducted by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

“Traditionally, we have become accustomed to the bus being a “free zone” for seat belt use, but now there are seat belts in more and more buses. It is high time to take the good seat belt habits we have in the car, into the bus,” says department director Ingrid Heggebø Lutnæs in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

This spring, more than 13,000 bus passengers were checked for belt use. As of Monday, September 2, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is again on the roads to check passengers across the country.

The fee for not using a belt is NOK 1,500.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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