The Opposition MLA Kieran McCarthy said: “Its time that laws were created to make sure all goods vehicles and building and trade contractors’ vans had to be fitted with seatbelts for all passengers.
“These machines can be a death trap on wheels. If they crash, the people in the back are left totally unprotected.
“Almost everyone who works in these industries has seen circumstances where people are not even sitting on proper seats, let alone having access to seatbelts.
“These types of vehicles which are carrying passengers in the back simply must be fitted with seatbelts and we need the legislation to back this up. The pressure is now on the Minister to act urgently to create such laws.”