Seat Belt Laws and Driving Offences

If you have been accused of not wearing a seat belt while in a vehicle, the expert motoring solicitors at JMW can provide legal advice and services to help you understand the consequences and the options available to you. With our support, you may be able to reduce or avoid the penalty that you may otherwise have suffered.

Speak to our team today to find out more about how we can help with your seat belt driving offence. Either call us on 0800 804 8159 or complete our online enquiry form, which will enable us to give you a call back at a time that is convenient for you. 

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Seat Belt Laws Explained

Seat belt laws in the UK are extremely strict and if you are found guilty of an offence you could find yourself on the receiving end of a considerable fine.

There are a range of facets that make up the law on seat belts in the UK. Most importantly, it is obligatory for adults to wear a seat belt where one is available. Also, only one person is permitted to sit in a seat that is fitted with a seat belt, while you must make sure that children use the correct car seat for their weight; a rule that is applicable either until their 12th birthday or until they reach 135cm tall.

If you are found to not be wearing a seat belt when you should be, you could face a fine of up to £500, while the implications can be a lot more serious if you are involved in a collision. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you are able to access the expert legal assistance that can make a real difference as you contest the charge.   


There are certain exceptions to the rule, however, when it comes to wearing seat belts. For instance, you are not required to wear one if:

  • You are in a vehicle used for police, fire or rescue services
  • You are driving a goods vehicle that is travelling a maximum of 50 metres between stops
  • You are a licensed taxi, either carrying passengers or plying for hire
  • You are a passenger in a trade vehicle and investigating a fault
  • You are reversing or supervising a learner driver who is reversing
  • You are a qualified driving examiner who might endanger yourself or others by being restricted by a seat belt

Furthermore, you may be exempt from wearing a seat belt on medical grounds, but only if you have a Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seat Belt Wearing in your vehicle.

Why Choose JMW?

The motoring law solicitors at JMW are highly experienced in helping motorists facing all manner of driving-related offences, including being caught without wearing a seat belt. We will provide all the legal advice you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to minimise your penalty.

We can help you build a robust defence and will guide you throughout the process, offering support and advice at every step.

Talk to Us

If you are looking for legal advice on seat belt offences, speak to our team of motoring law experts today. Either call us on 0800 804 8159 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back at a convenient time. 

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