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Car Seatbelt Law

In Britain, the law states that anyone travelling in a car, whether in the front or back, must wear a seatbelt if there is one fitted. This legislation was introduced by the government in the early 80s in an effort to reduce the number of car accident fatalities, and it is estimated that around 50,000 lives have been saved as a result.

Research shows 90% of UK drivers and front passengers wear a seatbelt. However, only 66% of adults securely fasten themselves when sat in the back of a car and just 4% of drivers ensure that they are properly wearing their seatbelts before setting off.

The full legislation regarding car seatbelts states:


Under UK law, it is permissible to travel without a seatbelt if:

*Delivery van drivers are allowed to drive 50 metres between collections and deliveries without wearing a seatbelt.

Seatbelt doís and doníts

To ensure your seatbelt will protect you in the event of a car accident you should: