Do You Wear Your Seat Belt?
There are no exceptions with motorhomes regarding the law when it comes to seat-belts. Much like any private vehicle it is subject to the same laws any other road worthy vehicle has.
The only times that a seatbelt does not need to be worn would be when:
- a driver who is reversing, or supervising a learner driver who is reversing
- someone in a vehicle being used for police, fire and rescue services
- a passenger in a trade vehicle and you’re investigating a fault
- driving a goods vehicle on deliveries that is travelling no more than 50 meters between stops
- a licensed taxi driver who is ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers
In much the same way as wearing a seatbelt in a motor vehicle, the seatbelt is there for passenger safety and shouldn’t be over –looked. In the circumstance that a motorhome has a collision it is likely that the vehicle will come to a sudden halt or worse, flip over onto its side. Using seatbelts, especially in a motorhome, is of upmost importance and is a key piece of motorhome equipment that will help keep everyone safe. The belts should be three point belts with a strap over one shoulder as well as the lap.
In October 2007 it became law for manufacturers to ensure that all seats that were intended to be used for travel should have a belt fitted. Using a seat that is not intended for travel will do no favours if the police or your insurance company find out. Your manufacturer’s handbook should have all the information on which seats are intended for travel. In effect the seats that are NOT intended for travel are no more a travel seat than your toilet!
Remember that alongside enjoying your motorhome holiday, safety is vital especially on the road. Take the opportunity to double check travel seats if you are planning on buying a motorhome and use your handbook as a guide!