14 August 2020
The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis, has signed a Ministerial Decision introducing legislation which updates the requirements for children to wear seatbelts.
Children under the age of 14 will be required to wear appropriate restraints whenever they are in a vehicle. There are specific exceptions (including for buses and taxis) where children could wear an adult seatbelt if there is no appropriate restraint available.
Children with disabilities are exempt from the regulations if they are medically exempt from wearing a restraint, or can be appropriately restrained.
The regulations do not apply in the case of an unexpected emergency, or in buses, if the bus is licenced and standing is allowed.
Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said: “I’m proud to be introducing these new regulations, which will help keep drivers and passengers (including children) safer on our roads.
“While drivers shouldn’t see any major change to their driving experience, these changes will help to protect children, regardless of what type of vehicle they’re in.”