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Seat belts compulsory today

18 December 2012

Wearing of safety belts in the rear seats of vehicles has become a legal requirement today – a change in the law that applies to cars as well as buses and minibuses. The new act, initially passed in June, has now gone live after a six month grace period.

Fines for non-compliance are 10% of the minimum wage and 5 penalty points. For not having child safety seats the fine is 10% of the minimum wage and 10 penalty points.

The only exemptions are for older vehicles that do not have factory fitted seat belts. If vehicle passengers cannot wear seat belts for medical reasons, they need to obtain a report from the State Hospital as well as stickers to be displayed on their windscreens.

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