Seatbelts

Find out some of the main seatbelt offences relevant to your vehicle.

Legal instrument Offence description Penalty

SI No. 96 of 1971

Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations, 1971 Regulation 5

Fitting of safety belts

Owner or driver of a vehicle not fitted with safety belts in accordance with Articles 3 or 4 of the 1971 Regulations.

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000. Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961).

SI No 240 of 2006

 (Compulsory Use of Safety belts and Child Restraint systems in Motor Vehicle Regulations) 2006

Use of safety belts

Failure of driver or passengers
to use a safety belt where fitted

€2,000 fine on summary conviction
SI No 240 of 2006

 

Informing passengers of safety belt use

In the case of an M2 or M3 (passenger vehicles for more than 8 persons), failure to inform passengers of the requirement to wear a safety belt


 

€2,000 fine on summary conviction

S.I. No. 367 of 2011

Applies to category M2 and M3 vehicles which are involved in the organised transport of children.

Safety belts on buses used for the organised transport of children

Failure to have restraint systems of an acceptable standard in buses involved in the organised transport of children.

Failure to maintain these systems in a fit for purpose state.

On summary conviction, first offence – a fine not exceeding €1,000.  Second offence under same section/subsection – a fine not exceeding €2,000.  Third or subsequent offence under same section/subsection within 12 consecutive months – fine not exceeding €2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months, or both (ss.11(5) and 102, Road Traffic Act, 1961)

 

The table above should not be treated as a legal interpretation of any law requirements. It is a matter for each operator, owner and driver to ensure that he or she complies with the applicable law.