Going abroad - Germany

Seat belts

The use of seat belts and child seats is MANDATORY.

Seat belts are not compulsory for:

  • drivers of taxis or hired passenger cars, on duty
  • delivery vehicles making frequent stops
  • driving at walking pace
  • transport services where standing passengers are allowed
  • operational staff on coaches and buses
  • passengers on buses and coaches who briefly leave their seats

Child seats are not compulsory for:

  • transport services where standing passengers are allowed
  • vehicles where there is no space for a third child seat and the child (over 3) sits in the back seat wearing a seat belt
  • disabled children may be secured with special belts.

The information on this website according to Article 8(1) of the road safety directive (Directive 2015/413/EU) is provided by the national authorities in the country concerned. In the event of any conflict between the provided data and the rules in effect in a given country, the latter take precedence. The data are meant purely as a documentation tool and the Commission does not assume any liability for their content or their accuracy.