Seat belts are designed to keep people in their seats and to prevent or reduce injuries suffered in a crash.  They reduce the risk of being thrown from a vehicle.

  • In a crash you're twice as likely to die if you don't wear a seatbelt.  Always wear a seat belt even on a short journeys - seat belts save lives. 

  • Wear your seatbelt correctly, for best possible protection in a crash.

  • Children over 12 years old, or more than 135cm tall, must wear a seat belt.

  • Child car seats must be used by babies and children under 12 years old, or under 135 centimetres tall.

The law states 

  • Drivers and passengers who fail to wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles are breaking the law and Drivers caught without a seatbelt face on-the-spot fines of £100. If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500.

Drivers can be fined up to £500 if a child under 12 isn’t in the correct car seat or wearing a seat belt while you’re driving.

Useful links

More information about the child car seats and the law (opens in new window)

More information about seatbelts and the law (opens in new window)

Seatbelt safety advice from RoSPA (opens in new window)

THINK! Crash Simulator - see what happens if you don't wear a seatbelt in a crash (opens in new window)

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Last updated: Monday 12 September 2022

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