Every vehicle under a TARE weight of 3,000 kg has to have front seat seatbelts fitted as an INTEGRAL (not OPTIONAL) part of the vehicle before it can be licensed. (For the driver and front seat passenger/s) That includes private cars, T-registered vehicles and vehicles used to transport the public (taxis) These belts need to be able to restrain both the upper and lower body (shoulder and lap belts) except if there are 3 seats in the front (bench seats) the middle seat can have just a lap belt.
The registered owner is the one at fault if this is contravened, and the penalties are:
- for a first offence - a fine of TT$1,000 and
- on any subsequent conviction - a fine of TT$2,000
Any person occupying a front seat in any motor vehicle subject to the seatbelt regulation shall wear a seat belt while the motor vehicle is in motion.
- A fine of TT$500 is the penalty for breaking this law. If the guilty person is sixteen years of age or more, they must pay the fine. If the person is more than two years of age and less than sixteen, the driver is responsible.
A person shall not be convicted under this section if he proves that at the material time he held a valid certificate signed by a legally qualified medical practitioner to the effect that it is inadvisable on medical grounds for him to wear a seat belt.
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