What are the Seatbelt Laws?
Children under 3 years must use the child restraint appropriate for their weight in any vehicle (including vans and other goods vehicles).
In vehicles where seat belts are fitted, children 3 years to 135 cms in height (approx 4ft 5 ins) or age 12 - whichever is reached first must use the appropriate child restraint.
Booster seats for children 15 kgs and up (from approx 4 years)
Booster cushions for children from 22 kgs (from approx 6 years)
Three exceptions allow children to travel in the rear and use an adult belt:
In a taxi, if the right child restraint is not available
For an occasional journey over a short distance, if the right child restraint is not available
Where two occupied child seats in the rear prevent the fitment of a third child seat.
What if someone has to give a child a lift at short notice and does not have the right child seat?
If there is an "unexpected necessity" there is an exemption for a child of 3 years or more to wear an adult belt on a short journey in a car or light goods vehicle when no appropriate child seat is available. The exemption is not intended to cover regular school runs or other journeys.
What are the legal implications if you don't comply with these changes?
A fine of £30 is enforced. At the moment no penalty points on the licence.
For further information please consult THINK road safety or Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.