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Seat belt - Exemptions

Exemption to wearing a seatbelt

The following exemption to wearing a seatbelt applies by virtue of the Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seatbelts) Regulations 1993:

  • a person holding a medical certificate;
  • the driver of or a passenger in a motor vehicle constructed or adapted for carrying goods, while on a journey which does not exceed 50 metres and which is undertaken for the purpose of delivering or collecting any thing;
  • a person driving a vehicle while performing a manoeuvre which includes reversing; a qualified driver (within the meaning given by regulation 17 of the. Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999) who is supervising the holder of a provisional licence (within the meaning of Part 111 of the Act) while that holder is performing a manoeuvre which includes reversing;
  • a person by whom, as provided in the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999, a test of competence to drive is being conducted and his wearing a seat belt would endanger himself or any other person;
  • a person driving or riding in a vehicle while it is being used for fire brigade or, in England, fire and rescue authority or police purposes or for carrying a person in lawful custody (a person who is being so carried being included in this exemption);
  • the driver of—

(i)   a licensed taxi while it is being used for seeking hire, or answering a call for hire, or carrying a passenger for hire, or           .  .
(ii) a private hire vehicle while it is being used to carry a passenger for Hire;

  • a person riding in a vehicle, being used under a trade licence, for the purpose of investigating or remedying a mechanical fault in the vehicle;
  • a disabled person who is wearing a disabled-person's belt; or
  • a person riding in a vehicle while it is taking part in a procession organised by or on behalf of the Crown.