Seatbelt regulation has a precedent
I APPLAUD your campaign to increase seatbelt use. I have been fined twice when I forgot to buckle up.
I have to say, however, that I disagree with compulsion. The seatbelt and helmet laws are the only ones that are not about the protection of innocent third parties. The House of Commons twice rejected the crash helmet laws on the grounds of civil liberties. The government then used enabling powers to bring the law into being.
Ronald Bell, MP for Beaconsfield at the time, tabled a protest motion on the grounds that there was no precedent for such a law. The transport secretary, Keith Speed, had the audacity to quote the 1911 Factory Act, which required file cutters to wear leather aprons.
In America, land of the free, they invented the public burden theory, which can be used to justify anything, but several states have refused to comply with helmet and seatbelt legislation.
Incidentally, Margaret Thatcher opposed the introduction of the seatbelt law, and also opposed the