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Seat belts

It is an offence for an individual not to wear a seatbelt if one is available to wear. However, it also the responsibility of the driver to ensure that children under 14 are wearing seatbelts or child restraints where appropriate and where available.

Person
Front seat
Rear seat
Responsibility of

DRIVER

Must be worn if fitted

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Driver

Child under 3 years of age

Appropriate child restraint* must be worn

Appropriate child restraint* must be worn if available

Driver

Child aged 3 to 11 and under, 1.5metres (about 5 feet) in height

Appropriate child restraint* must be worn if available. If not, an adult seat belt must be worn

Appropriate child restraint* must be worn if available. If not, an adult seat belt must be worn if available

Driver

Child aged 12 or 13 or younger child 1.5metres or more in height

Adult seat belt must be worn if available

Adult seat belt must be worn if available

Driver

Passengers over the age of 14

Must be worn if available

Must be worn if available

Passenger

* An appropriate child restraint can be a baby carrier, harness or booster seat or a child seat, the suitability of which is determined by the weight of the child. Approved child restraints must carry the BS "Kitemark" or United Nations "E" mark. A restraint will be labelled by the manufacturers to show the weight for which it has been designed.Small children may find it more comfortable to use a booster cushion (not a household cushion) when wearing an adult belt.

All cars manufactured since 1973 should be fitted with front and rear seatbelts. Cars manufactured prior to that date, do not have to have seatbelts but if they have been subsequently fitted, they must be worn.

Related offences

Seat belts

It is an offence for an individual not to wear a seatbelt if one is available to wear. However, it also the responsibility of the driver to ensure that children under 14 are wearing seatbelts or child restraints where appropriate and where available.

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