Check what you know
Did you know?
- Seat belts are simple to put on and save lives.
- The penalty for not wearing a seat belt when driving is currently a £100 fine, rising to £500 if taken to court.
- The use of a seat belt by drivers and vehicle occupants is compulsory in the UK.
- People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a collision.
Male drivers aged 17 to 59 are most likely not to wear a seat belt.
Common reasons why people do not wear a seat belt include: habit or forgetting, not believing they provide a safety benefit, discomfort, peer pressure, thrill seeking and perceived lack of enforcement.
27% of drivers and passengers in fatal collisions were not wearing seat belts.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where you can be issued with points as well as a fine for failing to wear a seat belt.
Best Practice Tips
Before setting off, make it a habit to check that everyone in the vehicle is belted up, both in front and rear seats.
Before setting off, make it a habit to check everyone has their head rest properly adjusted.
They can protect someone’s neck from whiplash. If unchecked this can lead to severe injuries, paralysation, or death.
People that do not need to wear a seat belt:
- 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 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.
Visit www.gov.uk for exemptions to wearing seat belts.