In a further tightening of the interpretation of the legal responsibilities of the car driver, the high court (Corte di Cassazione) has ruled that, if the driver of a car does not ensure passengers fasten their seatbelts, that driver is committing a criminal offence rather than just a civil offence, and will be liable to prosecution in addition to any financial liabilities. It is not enough that the driver asks passengers to do up their seatbelts; if they refuse they should not be transported.