Road Rules

Seat belts

Seat belts

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Seat belts are compulsory to wear when moving forward for children and adults but it only covers persons 3 years of age and older.

If seat belts are fitted, rear-seat passengers must wear such seatbelts whilst the vehicle is driven.

A child is defined as a person between the ages of 3 and 14 years, except when such person is taller than 1,5 meters, then he or she is regarded as an adult, irrespective of age. A person older than 14 years is defined as an adult.

No adult shall;

  • occupy a seat in any motor vehicle unless such person wears a seatbelt;
  • occupy a seat on a row of seats, which is not fitted with a seatbelt, unless all other seats on such row which are fitted with seat belts, are already occupied.

Children

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The driver of a motor vehicle shall ensure that a child seated on a seat;

  • where it is available, uses an appropriate child restraint; or
  • if no child restraint is available, wears a seatbelt when available.
  • If a seat, equipped with a seatbelt, is not available, the driver shall ensure that a child shall, if such motor vehicle is equipped with a rear seat, be seated on the rear seat.

It is not compulsory to wear a seatbelt while reversing or moving in or out of a parking bay or area.

The driver of a motor vehicle shall ensure that all persons travelling in such motor vehicle shall wear a seat belt.


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