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Do You Have to Wear a Seat Belt in the UK?

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When you are in the UK, you must wear a seat belt. If seat belts are fitted in a vehicle, it is a requirement by law to wear them if you are over 14 years of age. It’s also essential to keep in mind that seat belts can not be shared with other passengers. The only exceptions to wearing a seat belt are if:

  • You have a medical certificate stating that you are unable to wear a seat belt.
  • If your vehicle was manufactured without seatbelts e.g. classic cars.

If you have rented a car with VroomVroomVroom, the car you are renting will come fitted with seat belts and you are required by law to wear them. Are you traveling in a mini bus or campervan? If seat belts are fitted, you need to wear them when the vehicle is in motion. If you do not wear a seatbelt, you can be charged up to $500 and 3 demerit points for not following the law. Wearing a seat belt can save your life. Did you know that if you wear a seat belt, you are 90% less likely to be killed in a car crash and 75% less likely to be seriously injured?

Take a look below for an in depth look at seat belt rules:

  • Driver: A seat belt must be worn.
  • Child under three: Child restraint must be used.
  • Child aged 3 up to 135 cm in height: Child restraint must be used.
  • Child over 12 or over 135 cm in height: Seat belt must be worn.
  • People over 14 years of age: Seat belt must be worn.

Did you know that you can add child seats to your booking? Click here for more information. 

Source: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/wearing-seat-belt-and-exemptions

Read more about road rules to follow for visitors driving in the UK.