Safety belts. Mandatory or not?

ER Classics Desktop 2022

Seat belt. Mandatory or not? What about seat belts and old-timers exactly? And with taking (grand) children in a classic car?

The seat belt obligation depends on the date of the first admission of the car. Classics first approved for use on public roads for 1 January 1971 do not need seat belts. And of course the exceptions confirm the rule :. Volvo already supplied belts for 1971 cars from the factory.

If in an oldtimer of for 1971 belts were present from the factory, then these must also be used.

Up to the 1975 year of construction, a car may only be fitted with two-point seat belts, then three-point seat belts on the front seats are mandatory.


Cars approved for the first time after 31 December 1989 but put into service before 1 October 2000 must be fitted with safety belts for all forward-facing seats. Also, no more people may be transported than there are safety belts. If there are safety belts in the rear seat in a car from before 1989, it must be used.

Since 2008, rules for taking children in all year cars have changed. children under 3 years of age may only be transported in a car if they are in an approved, securely attached seat. Children shorter than 1,35 m may only be transported in a car with safety belts and / or seat belts compulsory with an approved and suitable seat. Children under the age of 12 may never be taken loose in the front seat / front seat, even if there is no seat belt requirement and there are no seat belts in the oldtimer.

Below the line it is of course useful to equip any car of any year with safety belts.



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