- 10 per cent of people say they sometimes don’t wear a seat belt in the front of a car.
- 24 per cent say they sometimes don’t wear a seat belt in the back.
- People are less likely to wear a seat belt on short or familiar journeys or at low speed.
- You’re much more likely to die in a crash if you aren’t wearing a belt - in the front or back.
Seat Belts: The Law
- You must wear a seat belt if one is fitted. There are only a few exceptions such as when you’re reversing, driving a delivery vehicle less than 50 metres, or have a medical certificate of exemption.
When you do not have to wear a seat belt (Gov.uk, opens in new window)
- Children must either be in a car seat, or wearing a standard seat belt, depending on their age and height.
- Taxi drivers don’t have to wear a seat belt when carrying passengers or ‘plying for hire’, but passengers in a taxi must wear a seatbelt.
Child Seats: The Law
- Children must sit in an approved child seat, strapped in, until they are 135cm (4 feet 5 inches) tall, or until they are 12 years old (whichever comes first).
- But it is advisable for children to use a child seat until they are 150 cm (5 feet) tall.
- These rules apply to the front and back seats.
Find out more
Government advice about seatbelts (Think!, opens in new window)