September 10, 2013

Why wear a seatbelt?

We all know the annoyance of wearing a seatbelt. It is uncomfortable, unflattering, and a downright nuisance when getting in and out of the car. But seatbelts are a compulsory part of being a driver or a passenger in the car, and they have been since 1991.

The Seat Belt Legislation states that one must wear a seatbelt if one has been provided for their seat.

The only exceptions to this rule are:

– If you are a driver who is reversing, or supervising a reversing driver.

– If you are in an emergency vehicle.

– If you are a passenger in a trade vehicle and investigating a problem

– A licensed taxi driver who is carrying passengers.

There are very few medical exemptions from wearing a seatbelt. Even if disabled or pregnant, it is compulsory to wear a seatbelt unless your doctor has provided you with a ‘Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seat Belt Wearing’. This must be kept in your vehicle at all times, and shown to Police if requested, and you must also inform your insurance company.

We know no-one likes wearing seat belts, but remember; one day it could save your life.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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