Seat belts - Jersey law ( 2.5.16. )


Seat Belts


Extent:     Jersey
Updated:  March 2017

Words you may need to know


Motor Vehicles - motor car, van, minibus

Exempt/ed -  it does not apply

Child restraint - a belt or seat which holds a child in safely and stops them from moving

Manoeuvres - a change of course in a vehicle


The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts by adults) (Jersey) Order 2009

Anyone travelling in the front or rear of a vehicle, a small goods van or a minibus must wear seat-belts. Some drivers and passengers are exempt.


Passengers over the age of fourteen are responsible for making sure that they have fastened their own seat belt. The driver of the vehicle is responsible for passengers under the age of fourteen. A fine of £50 may be given to the driver and passenger (if over 18 years of age).


Further information can be found on


Children under the age of fourteen- Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts by Children) (Jersey) Order 1998

Children under the age of 3 years must wear an appropriate child restraint. Children over the age of 3 and under 11 can wear either a children's restraint, if available, or an adult seat belt.

Children aged 12 or 13 must wear an adult seat belt. A fine of £50 may be given to the driver.


Further information can be found on

Vehicles which are exempt from having seat belts fitted

Certain vehicles are exempt from having seat belts fitted. These include the following vehicles:

Drivers and passengers exempted from wearing seat belts

Sometimes, drivers and/or passengers are exempt from wearing seat belts.

Some examples are:-

Note: A full list can be seen in the Motor Vehicle (Wearing of Seat Belts by Adults) (Jersey) Order 2009

Exemption on medical grounds

It is possible to be exempt from wearing a seat belt on health grounds. This will vary from short term exemptions for something like a temporary back problem, to long term exemptions. If requested to produce a medical certificate by the police, the person must do so within five days.

Who issues the certificates of exemption on medical grounds?

For short-term exemptions for periods not exceeding one month, the person's doctor can issue a certificate of exemption. For periods of over one month, it is necessary to get an exemption certificate from the Medical Office of Health.

Further information can be found in Article 41 to 43 of the Road Traffic Law (Jersey) 1956