No matter if you are going on a long or short journey, being prepared and staying safe is important.
In March, we're focusing on using seatbelts. Regardless if you're going on long journey, or popping to the corner shop, you must wear a seatbelt if there's one fitted.
Seatbelts - The law
You must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using - there are only very few exceptions.
You’re also only allowed 1 person in each seat fitted with a seat belt.
You can be fined up to £500 if you don’t wear a seat belt when you’re supposed to.
Child car seats
The law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat - until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions.
It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly, in accordance with the law.
Types of seat
It is very important to ensure that your child travels in an appropriate child restraint that:
- Conforms to the United Nations standard, ECE Regulation 44.04 (or R 44.03) or to the new i-size regulation, R129. Look for the 'E' mark label on the seat.
- Is suitable for your child's weight and size.
- Is correctly fitted according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Find out more about the different types of seats: