When can a child travel without a car seat?

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When can a child travel in a vehicle without a car seat?

A sensible parent would NEVER allow a child to travel without a car seat, however, if it is in the case of an emergency, the law states that a child may travel on a rear seat of a car. The child must wear a seat belt if they are 3 years and older, but they can travel without a seat belt if they are under 3.

Coach drivers and minibus drivers

Do not have to provide child car seats.  You must provide your own if you want to ensure your child’s safety.  When travelling in a minibus, the children must travel in rear seats behind the driver.  For children 3 years and over, they must use a child car seat.  If this is not available, the child should use the seat belt.

Travelling in a car

A child must be placed on a rear seat only in a car seat.

Travelling in a van

If travelling in a van, a child may be placed on a rear seat only (the same rules apply for a car).

You cannot take youngsters under 3 on an unexpected journey in a vehicle without the correct car seat, unless its a licensed taxi or minicab or the child is placed on a rear seat without a seat belt.

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