Highway Code rule could see people with kids in the car fined £500

A car on an A road
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It's important for UK motorists to keep up to date with the Highway Code, for a number of reasons.

Not only does adhering to the code, which is essentially the law of the road, help keep all road users safe, but failing to do so could see drivers hit with harsh penalties, and even taken to court and sent to prison.

While everyone who has a driving licence will know they must wear their seatbelt at all times, some drivers may not know they are also responsible for ensuring all passengers aged under 14 do the same.

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According to Rule 100 of the Highway Code, the driver "must ensure that all children under 14 years of age in cars, vans and other goods vehicles wear seat belts or sit in an approved child restraint where required".

For children under three the "correct child restraint must be used", unless the group is travelling in a taxi and one is unavailable. For children aged three up to when they are 4ft 5ins, or their 12th birthday (whichever comes first) the "correct child restraint must be used where seat belts fitted".

Again there are exceptions if the correct child restraint is not available in a licensed taxi, or for reasons of "unexpected necessity over a short distance", or if "two occupied restraints prevent fitment of a third".

And for children above 4ft 5ins, or aged 12 or 13, a seat belt must be worn. Drivers can be fined up to £500 if found to have passengers aged under 14 not in the correct car seat and/or wearing a seat belt.

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