Rules On Wearing Seat Belt In British Columbia

According to the law in British Columbia, every occupant of a moving motor vehicle needs to be wearing a seat belt. Moreover, the Province has spelled out the essential features of that particular safety device.

Components of a seat belt assembly: A pelvic restraint or an upper torso restraint or both.

Regulations that apply to the operator of a motor vehicle:

There should be 2 assemblies in the vehicle’s front seat. If one or more of the vehicle’s seat belts has been removed, or if any of them is inoperable, the affected vehicle should not be driven. As per ICBC Lawyers in Victoria, it is mandatory that the occupants should wear their assembly (seat belt) when the vehicle is in motion. The driver has the responsibility of checking to see if every passenger between the ages of 6 and 16 has buckled up (buckled the seat belt).

Regulations on restraints for very young children:

An infant or a baby that is less than 12 months old should get placed in a rear-facing car seat. Naturally, that device should be firmly buckled to the appropriate assembly in the family’s vehicle. A toddler, a child that weighs between 9 and 18 kg (20-40 pounds) should sit in a forward-facing car seat. Again, that device must be held down by the appropriate assembly in the family’s vehicle.

A child under 9 should have a booster seat. Any child that is less than 145 cm tall (4 feet, 9 inches) also needs to have a booster seat. The assemblies have been designed for those individuals that are at least 145 cm tall.

Approach used for enforcing the above regulations:

Police watch for evidence that more than 3 people are sharing a back seat, or that 3 people are sharing a front seat. That indicates the absence of an assembly on at least one of them. Police also watch for evidence that someone fails to assume a forward-facing position. That, too, indicates that one of the vehicle’s occupants has failed to wear a seat belt.

Police will stop the driver that is transporting unbelted passengers. The police then issue a ticket for each of the unseated passengers. The driver must pay a fine for each person that does not have the proper assembly/restraint. If the driver has a back seat full of passengers, he or she could get hit with a rather large fine. That approach brings home to each driver the full scope of his or her job, which entails making sure that each occupant has buckled-up.

Reminder to parents:

If you have asked a relative to transport a toddler or a child under the age of 9, you should make sure to supply the driver with the necessary restraint.