What Seat Belts Are Fitted To Our Classic Car Fleet?

In February 2006 the UK Government confirmed details of new seat belt and child restraint regulations aimed at improving road safety through more appropriate use of child restraints.

 

The new requirements came into force on 18 September 2006. Read on to see how our cars comply with the regulations.

 

Summary of new requirements

 

All children under 3 years old must use an appropriate child restraint when travelling in any car or goods vehicle (except in the rear of a taxi if a child seat is not available).  

 

Children aged 3 or more years old and up to 135cm (approx. 4ft 5in) in height must use an appropriate child restraint when travelling in cars or goods vehicles fitted with seat belts. (Few exceptions are permitted). Rear facing baby seats must not be used in seats with an active frontal air-bag.  

 

From May 2009, where seat belts are provided, the number of people carried in the rear of vehicles may not exceed the number of seats available fitted with seat belts or child restraints.  From May 2008 only child restraints complying with UN ECE Reg 44.03 or a later standard may be used.

 

Drivers remain responsible for seat belt wearing and use of the relevant child seat or booster by children under 14 years of age.  

 

Penalties for offenders remain at a £30 fixed penalty notice or a maximum fine of £500 if a case goes to court.  

 

Permitted exceptions  

 

There is a special exemption for children over 3 years on an occasional journey (e.g. unforeseen emergency) over a short distance.  The child must still use an adult belt and sit in the rear.  This exemption is not for journeys such as the regular school run.  Children under 3 years must always have a child seat.  The only exception is when they travel in the rear of taxis and a child seat is not available.

 

Summary Table  

 

Occupant

Front Seat

Rear Seat

Driver Seat belt must be worn if fitted.
Child under 3 years Correct child restraint must be used. Correct child restraint must be used.
Child 3 to 11 years and under 1.35m (approx 4ft 5 ins) Correct child restraint must be used. Correct child restraint must be used.
Child 12 or 13 or young child over 1.35m Seat belt must be worn if fitted. Adult seat belt must be worn if fitted.
Adult passenger Seat belt must be worn if fitted. Seat belt must be worn if fitted.

 

In all instances it is the Driver's responsibility to make sure the passengers use the seat belts, unless the passenger is over 14 years old. For more details about the new rules visit the Department for Transport (DfT) website  

 

Seat Belt Fittings In Our Fleet Of Classic Cars

 

The following table shows what seat belts are available in each of our cars:

N.B. None of our cars are fitted with air bags or the new ISOFix seat mountings. 

 

Vehicle

Front Seat

Rear Seat

Austin Healey 3000 Inertia reel seat belts NO rear seats
Caterham Super 7 Four point harnesses NO rear seats
Ford Mustang Fastback GT Inertia reel seat belts Lap belts only
Ford Mustang Convertible Lap belts only NO rear seat belts
Jaguar E-Type Roadster Inertia reel seat belts NO rear seats
Jaguar Mark 2 Three point static seat belts Inertia reel seat belts
MGB Roadster Inertia reel seat belts NO rear seats
Triumph TR6 Inertia reel seat belts NO rear seats

 

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