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Monday, December 8, 2008

Seat belts and the law

By law, you must wear a seat belt in cars and goods vehicles where one is fitted. There are very few exceptions to this. The driver is liable to prosecution if a child under 14 years does not wear a seat belt or child restraint as required.

Children up to 135cms tall must use the appropriate child restraint for their weight (not age) when travelling in the front or back seat of any car, van or goods vehicle. There are very few exceptions. Read more about child car seats. 'Child restraint' means any of baby seat, child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.

A child can use an adult belt when they reach 135cm or their 12th birthday, whichever comes first.

In buses and coaches with seat belts fitted, passengers aged 14 years and above must use them. Passengers on vehicles used for public fare paying passengers on 30mph roads are exempt.

The law for cars, vans and other goods vehicles is summarised in this at-a-glance table.

Front seat Back seat Who is responsible
Driver Seat belt must be worn if fitted Driver
Child up to three years of age Correct child restraint must be used The correct child restraint must be used. If one is not available in a licensed taxi/private hire vehicle, the child may travel unrestrained. Driver
Child from third birthday up to 135cms in height (approx 4'5") or 12th birthday, whichever is reached first Correct child restraint must be used Where seat belts are fitted, the correct child restraint must be used.

The child must use an adult belt in the back seat if the correct child
restraint is not available either:

- In a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle.

- For a short distance in an unexpected necessity.

- If two occupied child restraints prevent fitting of a third.

A child three years and over may travel unrestrained in the back seat
of a vehicle if seat belts are not fitted in the rear.

Child 12 or 13, or over 135 cms (approx 4' 5") in height Seat belt must be used if fitted. Seat belt must be used if fitted. Driver
Passengers aged 14 years and over Seat belt must be worn if fitted Seat belt must be worn if fitted Passenger

Top tips Don't

Put the same seat belt around two children, or around yourself and another passenger (adult or child). In a crash, they will crush each other. let a child use an adult belt too early.


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