Going abroad - Ireland

Seat belts

The use of seat belts and child restraint systems is MANDATORY

The use of seat belts is not compulsory for:

  • People who wear a disabled person’s belt;
  • People whose doctor have certified that, on medical grounds, they should not wear a safety belt;
  • Driving instructors or driver testers during a lesson or a test;
  • Police (Gardaí) and members of the Defence Forces on duty;

The only exemptions to restraining a child in an appropriate child restraint are:

  • Children under 150cm or 36kgs travelling in a taxi.

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