FAILING to wear a seat belt has landed a van driver with a £300 court penalty.

Daniel Norman, of Great Oak Square, Mobberley in Knutsford, was stopped by Lancashire Police on October 19, last year.

The 32-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt when he drove an Iveco light van along Blackpool Road, Preston Magistrates Court heard on May 10.

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The driver was travelling from Preston West to Tulketh Road.

After listening to the evidence, magistrates found the case proved.

Norman was fined £220 and ordered to pay £90 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

Magistrates gave him until June 7 to pay the £344 court bill.

Wearing a seat belt has been a legal requirement for drivers and front seat passengers on UK roads since 1983, and for back seat passengers since 1991.

The punishment for not wearing one is a £100 fine that can rise to £500 for cases taken to court.