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Seatbelts save lives

It is a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt in the front and back of a vehicle.

But there are exceptions aren’t there?

The only times you don’t need to wear a seat belt are 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
    • your vehicle has no seatbelts fitted, and was originally designed without seatbelts (for example a classic car). If this is the case you are not allowed to carry a child under three in the vehicle.
    • Read more about seatbelts and the law at


  • You do not have exemption from wearing a seatbelt even if you are pregnant or disabled.
  • All children must be put in an appropriate car seat for their height and age -
    see for more details.

The maximum fine for being caught not using a seatbelt is £500. The ultimate price to pay could be your life or someone else’s.

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