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Q379: What are the rules with regards to baby seats/child restraints in cars, vans and other goods vehicles?

 

Front seat

Rear seat

Who is responsible?

Driver

Seat belt MUST be worn if fitted

 

Driver

Child under 3 years of age

Correct child restraint MUST be used

Correct child restraint MUST be used. If one is not available in a taxi, may travel unrestrained

Driver

Child from 3rd birthday up to 1.35m in height or 12th birthday whichever they reach first

Correct child restraint MUST be used

Correct child restraint MUST be used where seat belts are fitted. MUST use adult belt if the correct child restraint is not available:

  • in a licensed taxi/private hire vehicle or
  • for reasons of unexpected necessity over a short distance or
  • if two occupied child restraints prevent fitment of a third

Driver

Child over 1.35 metres (approx 4ft 5ins in height) or 12 or 13 years

Seat belt MUST be worn if available.

Seat belt MUST be worn if available.

Driver

Adult passengers aged 14 and over

Seat belt MUST be worn if available.

Seat belt MUST be worn if available.

Passenger

 

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