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Seatbelt and Mobile Phone Usage Survey Scotland: 2014

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TRL were commissioned jointly by Transport Scotland and Department for Transport to undertake a study to provide data on the use of seatbelts by vehicle occupants and the prevalence of mobile phone use by drivers. This data was analysed in-house by Transport Scotland and DfT with reports published at the end of February 2015.


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The 2014 seatbelt survey resulted in 7,732 vehicle occupants being observed in Scotland, whilst the mobile phone survey recorded the behaviour of 13,493 drivers.

Key Findings

  • The proportion of car drivers observed using their seatbelt correctly in 2014 was 97.8%, an increase from the 95% recorded in 2009.
  • The seatbelt wearing rate amongst rear seat car passengers has increased from 88% in 2009 to 99.0% in 2014.
  • The proportion of car drivers observed using a mobile phone whilst driving was 1.3% at moving (free-flowing) sites and 1.6% at stationary (traffic light controlled junction) sites.
  • The mobile usage rate at moving sites by drivers of 'Other vehicles' (vans, lorries, buses, coaches and mini-buses) was notably higher (2.9%) compared to car drivers.
  • Drivers were more likely to be witnessed with a mobile phone in their hand than at their ear.


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