Fines for failure to wear a seat belt in European countries

April 15, 2021

A study carried out as part of the ‘Buckle Up – Don’t Get Terrified’ road traffic safety campaign reveals how touchy Ukrainians are to the size of traffic violation fines. The survey, conducted by the National Police of Ukraine (NPU) and the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine), links risk of higher fines with the inclination to use seatbelt.

Since 13 March 2021, fines for neglecting seatbelts have increased tenfold in Ukraine – to UAH 510 (just over EUR 15). Until recently, they were the lowest in Europe, below UAH 51 (EUR 2). No wonder seatbelt use in Ukraine has also ranged among the lowest in Europe. For instance, in Germany, the fine is EUR 30 and seatbelt use reaches 98% among drivers and front-seat passengers and 99% among back-seat passengers.