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Stay safe on the roads: the importance of wearing a seatbelt

posted on Nov 13 2013 by Jade Hensby

Stay safe on the roads: the importance of wearing a seatbelt

Whether your car is old or new, you will all find that each seat inside the car has a seat belt for the passenger, but do we know when were supposed to wear them and who should This blog will outline who should be wearing a seat belt, and who is exempt from them.

On the website it is stated that a seatbelt must be worn if there is one fitted in the seat that you are using with only a few exceptions. Only one person is allowed to use the seatbelt at any given time whilst children must use the correct car seat for their weight or height until they reach 135 centimetres tall, or they reach their 12th birthday.

You dont need to wear a seatbelt if you are:

  • A driver who is reversing or supervising a learner driver who is reversing.

  • In a vehicle being used for police or fire and rescue services.

  • A passenger in a trade vehicle and youre investigating a fault.

  • Driving a goods vehicle on deliveries that is travelling no more than 50 meters between each stop.

  • A licensed taxi driver who is plying for hire or carrying passengers.

There are also some cases in which drivers or passengers do not need to wear a seatbelt due to medical grounds. Your doctor will tell you if you are exempt and will give you a Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seat Belt Wearing.

If you are in possession of this certificate you need to:

  • Keep it in your vehicle.

  • Show it to the police if you are stopped.

  • Tell you car insurance provider/ provide evidence of the certificate to your insurance company.

The only other time in which you do not have to wear a seatbelt is when your car does not have any, for example if it is a classic car. However, in this case you cannot carry any children who are under three years of age and children over three years must be sat in the back seats. These rules are only valid if your vehicle was originally made without seat belts.

If you would like to find out more then read through our guides section on the website, or alternatively you can visit