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Seatbelts in vehicles

When you need to wear your seatbelt

You must wear seatbelts if you are driving or a passenger in:

  • cars
  • small goods vehicles
  • minibuses: a vehicle which is used for the carrying of passengers (but not for hire or reward) with more than 8 seats, but not more than 16 seats in addition to the driver’s seat
  • medium-sized goods vehicles (MGVs) and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)

Seatbelts in HGVs and MGVs

You must wear a seatbelt when you are driving, or are a passenger in any goods vehicle with a maximum weight of above 3,500kg, including:

  • flat-bed, box and articulated lorries
  • large vans
  • large horse boxes

If you are found to be not wearing a seatbelt whilst driving or sitting in these vehicles you will be asked to attend a Parish Hall Enquiry and could be prosecuted and fined up to £1000.

Exemptions from wearing seatbelts

The legislation does not apply to anyone who is:

  • using a vehicle for the delivery or collection of goods or mail to consumers or addressees, while engaged in the ordinary course of business in making local rounds of deliveries or collections where
    • the delivery or collection is from door to door, and
    • the proximity of each delivery or collection point is such that the driver is constantly leaving and re-entering the vehicle
  • driving a vehicle while performing a manoeuvre that includes reversing
  • the holder of a licence to drive a motor vehicle and is supervising the holder of a provisional licence while that holder is performing a manoeuvre that includes reversing
  • a police officer protecting or escorting another person
  • not a police officer but is protecting or escorting another person by virtue of powers the same as or similar to those of a police officer for that purpose
  • in the Airport Fire Service or the Fire Service, as each is defined in the Fire Service (Jersey) Law 19594, and is donning operational clothing or equipment
  • testing a vehicle if:
    • the purpose of the test requires that he or she does not wear a seat belt, and
    • he or she is a Traffic Officer or a police officer;
  • engaged on the duties of a driver of a cab
  • conducting, as provided in the Road Traffic (Jersey) Law 1956, a test of competence to drive and his or her wearing a seat belt would endanger himself or herself or any other person
  • riding in a vehicle, being used under a trade licence, for the purpose of investigating or remedying a mechanical fault in the vehicle
  • the holder of a valid medical exemption certificate
  • a disabled person whose disability means it would not be practicable for him or her to wear any of the prescribed belts in the vehicle; or
  • occupying a seat fitted with a prescribed seat belt that has an inertia reel mechanism that is locked as a result of the vehicle being, or having been, on a steep incline
  • driving a vehicle in which the driver's seat – Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts by Adults) (Jersey) Order 2009 Article 4:
    • is not fitted with a prescribed seat belt, and
    • is not required by Article 49 of the Construction and Use Order to be fitted with a prescribed seat belt; or
  • occupying a seat not fitted with a prescribed seat belt, while riding in a vehicle in which there is no seat that is
    • fitted with a prescribed seat belt, and 
    • available to him or her
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