Motorists could be fined £500 for not wearing a seat belt – but when should you NOT have to?

DRIVERS can be fined £500 for not wearing seat belts.

But there are some cases in which motorists are legally allowed to drive without a seat belt.

Motorists could be fined £500 for not wearing seat belts


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While it’s always a good idea to wear a seat belt, taxi drivers and reverse car drivers are the ones who don’t have to follow the law.

When do I not need to wear a seat belt?

Drivers are exempt from wearing seat belts under the following conditions:

The driver is reversing or supervising the learner driving in reverse

In a vehicle used for police, fire and rescue services

A passenger on a commercial vehicle and you are investigating a bug

Cargo drivers deliver goods between stops no more than 50 meters

A licensed taxi driver is ‘hiring’ or carrying passengers #

Is there a medical exemption?

Yes. But you must have a note from your doctor stating that you do not need to wear it for medical reasons.

You must carry your Seatbelt Waiver Certificate with you at all times while driving.

You must show it to the police if required and notify your insurance company if you receive one of the certificates.

What about pregnant or disabled drivers?

Pregnant drivers and people with disabilities are required to wear seat belts at all times by law, unless a doctor decides they are exempt for medical reasons.

What are the rules for children?

Most children are required to use a car seat until the age of 12. A complete guide to car seat laws is this.

The law says: “You must wear a seat belt if it is fitted to the seat you are using – there are only a few exceptions.

“You’re also only allowed to have one person in each seat belted.

“You can be fined up to £500 for not wearing a seat belt when it’s allowed.” Motorists could be fined £500 for not wearing a seat belt – but when should you NOT have to?

Fry Electronics Team

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