Seatbelt laws for taxis and private hire vehicles

Seatbelt regulations and children.

Taxis and private hire cars - Children under 3 years old

If carried in the front seat, an appropriate child restraint MUST be used (the adult seat belt is not sufficient).

If carried in the rear seat, an appropriate child restraint MUST be used, IF AVAILABLE.

If an appropriate restraint is fitted in the front of the car, but not the rear, children under 3 years old MUST sit in the front and use that restraint. (Remember, you could move the restraint from the front to the rear if you wish, and you should do this if you are using a rearward-facing baby seat and there is a passenger airbag fitted).

Taxis and private hire cars - Children Aged 3 to 11 years and under 1.35 metres tall

If carried in the front seat, an appropriate child restraint MUST be worn IF AVAILABLE. If not, an adult seat belt MUST be worn.

If carried in the rear seat, an appropriate child restraint MUST be worn IF AVAILABLE. If not, an adult seat belt MUST be worn IF AVAILABLE.

If an appropriate restraint or seat belt is fitted in the front of the car, but not in the rear, children between 3 to 11 years old and under 1.35 metres tall MUST use that restraint or seat belt. (Remember, you could move the restraint from the front to the rear if you wish).

Taxis and private hire cars - Children Aged 12 or 13 years or younger children 1.35 metres or more in height

If carried in the front or rear seat, an adult seat belt MUST be worn IF AVAILABLE.

Taxis and private hire cars - Passengers Over 14 years old

If carried in the front or rear seat, an adult seat belt MUST be worn IF AVAILABLE.

For further information please contact the licensing office on 0115 915 6571. 

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