Traffic authorities from state highway department Statens vegvesen have launched random controls of bus passengers, and are now fining those who haven’t bucked their seat belts.
“If you forget to use your seat belt, it will cost you NOK 1,500 (USD 183) in a fine,” the authorities wrote in a press release this week. Statens vegvesen is no longer issuing only verbal warnings and urging folks to buckle up. They’re making it expensive not to do so, in all buses equipped with seat belts.
Controls carried out last winter indicated that fully a fourth of 16,300 passengers checked on board long-distance buses failed to use their seat belts.