Every person who is a passenger or driver of a motor vehicle and is at least 16 years of age, is required to wear a seat belt if they occupy a seating position for which a seat belt has been provided.
The driver is responsible for ensuring that a passenger under 16 years of age is wearing a seat belt if a seating position is available to them. Young children must be in an approved "child restraint system" prescribed for their age, height, or weight.
If a vehicle came equipped with seat belts, they must be maintained in good condition and not altered in any way to reduce their effectiveness.
What are my responsibilities as a vehicle owner?
- Do not remove seat belts from the vehicle
- Replace broken, worn out or previously removed seat belts
- Maintain seat belts in good condition
- Do not modify a seat belt in any way that will reduce its effectiveness
What are my responsibilities as a driver?
- Use the available seat belt
- Make sure all passengers under 16 years of age wear available seat belts
- Make sure every child is secured in appropriate infant or child safety seat
What are the responsibilities of my passenger(s)?
- Use the available seat belt(s)
Are there any exemptions to these rules?
Seat belts do not have to be worn in the following situations:
- A driver of a vehicle which is travelling in reverse
- A passenger when all available seating positions with seat belts are occupied
- A firefighter while in or on a vehicle of a fire fighting organization
- A medical attendant in an ambulance transporting a patient