Seatbelts save lives. There is no excuse for not wearing one. In a crash, you are twice as likely to die if you don't wear a seatbelt.

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Seatbelts - remember!

  • Always wear a seatbelt, even on short journeys - it could save your life.
  • Always make sure any passengers you are carrying are wearing a seatbelt.
  • Children must be correctly secured in an appropriate car or booster seat up to the age of 12 or when they reach 1 metre 35cm in height.
  • Make sure your seatbelt is positioned correctly for the best possible protection.

Taking an extra minute to check everyone is strapped in correctly could make the difference between life and death.

What happens if I am caught not wearing a seatbelt?

When you are caught driving without a seatbelt on, you will be issued with a fixed penalty notice and a £100 fine. If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £5,000.


Exemptions from wearing a seatbelt

You don’t need to wear a seat belt if you’re:

  • A driver who is reversing, or supervising a learner driver who is reversing
  • In a vehicle being used for police, fire and rescue services
  • A passenger in a trade vehicle and you’re investigating a fault
  • Driving a goods vehicle on deliveries that is travelling no more than 50 metres between stops
  • A licensed taxi driver who is ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers


Using a child car seat or booster seat

Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall.

Types of child car seat

Which child car seat to use depends on the child’s weight.

Type of seatWeight
Rear-facing baby seats Babies up to 13kg
Forward or rear-facing baby seats Children from 9 to 18kg
Forward-facing child car seats (booster seats) Children from 15 to 25kg
Booster cushions Children over 22kg

Only EU-approved child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle.


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