Using a seat belt
You must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using. But you need to wear your seat belt correctly for it to work properly in a crash. Find out when you must wear a seat belt and how it should be worn.
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You must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in any seat in any vehicle. There are few exceptions.
When you’re driving, you must only carry one person in each seat fitted with a seat belt. Anyone travelling in the vehicle aged 14 years and above is responsible for wearing their seat belt.
Children must use the correct car seat for their weight until they reach 135 centimetres tall or their 12th birthday, whichever comes first. See ‘When your child needs a car seat' for more information.
When your child needs a car seat.
When you don't need to wear a seat belt
You don't need to wear a seat belt if you're:
a driver who is reversing, or supervising a learner driver who is reversing
in a vehicle being used for police, fire and rescue services
a passenger in a trade vehicle and you're investigating a fault
driving a goods vehicle on deliveries that is travelling no more than 50 metres between stops
a licensed taxi driver who is 'plying for hire' or carrying passengers
Medical exemptions from wearing a seat belt
Your doctor may decide that you may be exempted from wearing a seat belt on medical grounds. If so, they will issue a 'Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seat Belt Wearing', which you must:
keep in your vehicle
show to the police if you're stopped
You’ll need to tell your car insurer that you're travelling without a seat belt.
For more information about medical exemptions, contact your doctor.
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