When don’t you need a seat belt

By Alicia Jarvis
Updated on July 28, 2021


When may a passenger travel in a car without wearing a seat belt?

When they are exempt for medical reasons РAdult passengers are responsible for wearing seat belts, but you should remind them to do so as soon as they get in the car.

It is your obligation to ensure that all children in your vehicle are restrained properly. Those who have a medical exemption certificate are exempt.

Seat belts save lives and decrease injuries. You must wear a seat belt if one is available unless you are exempt.

Seat belts must always be correctly fitted and comfortable, with both the lap belt and, if provided, the diagonal belt protecting the body.

The driver is responsible for ensuring that all children under 14 years old wear seat belts or use an approved child restraint. 

While doing any reversing manoeuvre, you may briefly remove your seat belt. However, once the manoeuvre is performed, you MUST refasten it.

If an inertia reel seat belt has become temporarily locked due to the car being parked on a slope, you can move the vehicle to release the mechanism. You should stop and put on the belt as soon as the mechanism has been released.