It's the law to wear a seatbelt
All drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt, by law. Visit the Think! website seatbelt video to find out more about the importance of seat belts.
Young drivers and seatbelts
Nearly 50% of young drivers have recent experience of being in a car with someone not wearing a seat belt, a new survey suggests. The survey, which canvassed the views of 2,000 drivers, was published by Brake on 31 January 2019 to mark the 36th anniversary of legislation which made it mandatory to wear a seat belt in the front seats of a car.
49% of respondents aged between 18-24 years admitted to being in a car with someone not belted up in the past year – around three times higher than older drivers. DfT figures show that 27% of the 787 car occupants who died in 2017 were not wearing seat belts – compared to 20% in 2016. European legislation is currently being passed which will make seat belt reminder systems mandatory for all seats in new cars from later this year.
Child car seats
Children must be appropriately restrained when travelling in a car. Our Booster Boy campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to use booster seats in cars for children under the height of 135cm.
For more information visit the following websites
Child car seat regulation for booster seats – new amendment now in effect
This means that parents who currently have booster cushions can legally continue to use them as they have been. Any new backless booster seats (booster cushion) coming to market from 9 February 2017 will only be suitable for children above 22kg and 125cm.
Child car seats and fitting advice
Visit the Child Car Seats website to watch videos about the different types of child car seats, how to select the correct car seat for your child and how to correctly fit a child car seat.
Child car seat clinic
My Journey team, supported by Safer Roads Berkshire, held a child car seat clinic at Tesco, Finchampstead Road on Thursday 13 September with specialists from Child Seat Safety checking seats.
Parents and carers were obviously concerned that they are transporting children in a safe manner and were keen for advice and peace of mind that their seats were fitted correctly.
Checks were carried out not only on the fitting of the seat in the car, but the fitting of the child in the seat.
Faults were found with both and the overall results following the day prove that there is still a long way to go with keeping children safe in the car.
Results as follows:
41 checks, plus 7 advice only and 5 refusals.
Of the 41 checks only 4 had the seat and the child correct – the rest had a fault with the child fitting or the seat fitment. Good news is that all issues were resolved.
For essential information on child car seats, please go to the Child Seat Safety website.