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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Child restraints and seatbelts

Wearing a seatbelt and ensuring that your children wear seat belts or appropriate child restraints greatly reduces the risk of injury if an accident happens while travelling in the car.

Remember that as a driver, you are responsible for ensuring your child travels safely in any motor vehicle. This is specified in the law as detailed below.


Front seat​ Rear seat Who is
respo​​nsible?
Child aged under 3 years Appropriate child restraint must be usedAppropriate child restraint must be used if availableDriver
Child aged 3 to 11 and under 1.5 metres (approximately 5ft) tallAppropriate child restraint must be used if available. If not, an adult seatbelt must be wornAppropriate child restraint must be used if available. If not, an adult seatbelt must be wornDriver
Child aged 12 / 13 or younger and over 1.5 metres (approximately 5ft) tallAdult seatbelt must be wornAdult seatbelt must be worn Driver

Appropriate child restraints

Appropriate child restraints include:

  • baby carriers
  • child seats
  • harnesses
  • booster seats / cushions

They must be suitable for the child’s weight and must carry a BS Kitemark or a UN 'E' mark, plus a manufacturer’s label showing the weight for which it has been designed. 

​Smaller children using an adult seat may find it more comfortable to use a booster seat / cushion.

Any motor car manufactured after 1 January 1967 must have front seat belts fitted and every motor car manufactured after 1 April 1987 must have rear seat belts fitted.

Exemptions from the law

There are exemptions for children holding a medical exemption certificate or a disabled child wearing a disabled person’s belt.​

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