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What is the penalty for not wearing a seat belt? A £100 fine.

Safety camera vans are now enforcing drivers who do not wear a seat belt, as well as drivers using a mobile phone and speeding motorists.

Camera operators trigger the laser camera when they see these offences being committed and they are recorded on the DVD system as evidence. The DVD then goes to the Driver Diversion Team where staff send a request for driver information to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

Anyone exempt from wearing a seat belt will be able to state this on the request for driver information and, if relevant, send a copy of their exemption certificate.

You don’t need to wear a seat belt if you’re:


A driver who is reversing, or supervising a learner driver who is reversing.

Emergency Services

In a vehicle being used for police, fire and rescue services.

Fault finding

A passenger in a trade vehicle and you’re investigating a fault.

Delivering goods

driving a goods vehicle on deliveries that is travelling no more than 50 metres between stops

In a Taxi

A licensed taxi driver who is ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers

For more information about your fixed penalty contact the Kent Police Driver Diversion Team.

In a crash someone not wearing a seat belt is more likely to die than someone using one.

An unbelted rear seat passenger can be thrown forward and kill someone in the front of a car. In a crash at 30mph, if unrestrained you will be thrown forward with a force of between 30 and 60 times your own bodyweight.

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