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Seat belt offences

By law, all adults must wear a seatbelt where one is available. Adult passengers are responsible for ensuring they wear a seatbelt, although the driver has responsibility for ensuring children over 135cm in height (or aged 12 – whichever comes first) wear a seatbelt and that children under that height or age have the correct child restraint, whether this is a baby seat, child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.

If you are caught driving without a seatbelt then you could face a £100 fixed penalty.

However, there are instances where you may be exempt from wearing a seatbelt. These include:

  • Medical reasons, for which you will need a Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seatbelt Wearing from a doctor;
  • A driver who is reversing or supervising a learner driver who is reversing;
  • A passenger in a trade vehicle who is investigating a fault;
  • Driving a goods vehicle on deliveries where you travel no more than 50 metres between stops;
  • A licensed taxi driver who is plying for hire or carrying passengers.

If you are accused of driving without a seatbelt and wish to challenge this charge for any of the above reasons then the specialist road traffic offence solicitors at Minton Morrill can help.

To find out more about how our road traffic offence solicitors in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Yorkshire and the wider North of England can help you, please contact us.

 

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