Brussels, 31st January 2008
Directive 2003/20/EEC relating to the compulsory use of safety belts and child-restraint systems in vehicles had to be transposed into national law by 9 May 2006. As the United Kingdom failed to comply with the Directive in Gibraltar, the Commission sent it a letter of formal notice on 11 July 2006.
The Directive makes it compulsory for all passengers, including children to wear safety belts, except in public service vehicles. Furthermore it was made compulsory to use child restraints on seats fitted with safety belts without specifying the type of child-restraint.
Failure to wear seatbelts is one of the three major causes of road transport fatalities in the European Union.