Revised Seat Belt Rules FAQs

FAQs for Revised Seat Belts Rules

Why did Traffic Police remove the age criterion? Why is the threshold height set at 1.35m?

In line with international standards, new advances in technology and medical research, and in consultation with the Ministry of Health, the use of adult seat belts was found to be ideal for individuals with a height of not less than 1.35m. The height of an individual was also found to more suitable in deciding the proper fitting of seat belts compared to one's age.

Are adults below the height of 1.35m required to use a booster seat cushion or approved adjustable seat belts?

All persons travelling in vehicles, irrespective of their age, should be appropriately belted up. Adults below the height of 1.35m shall use booster seats or approved adjustable seat belts to lower the risk of injury in the event of an accident.

If there are adjustable seat belts, can adults below 1.35m in height use them?

Yes. The seat belts shall be adjusted to ensure a proper fit which is appropriate for a person's height. When wearing a seat belt, the shoulder component of the belt should go over the torso (and not across the face or neck) and the lap component of the belt should ride across the lap (and not across the abdomen).

What are the types of child restraint approved by Traffic Police?

Child restraint which meets one or more of the following standards are approved by Traffic Police:

  1. the American Standard FMVSS 213;
  2. the British Standards B.S. 3254: Part 2: 1988, B.S. AU 202a: 1988, or B.S. AU 185: 1983;
  3. the Australian Standard AS 1754-1975 (including AS 1754.1-1989 Part 1, AS 1754.2-1989 Part 2 and AS 1754.4-1989 Part 4);
  4. the European Standard ECE R44;
  5. the Japanese Standard JIS D0401-1990.
      

Why are taxis exempted from the child restraint requirement?
Taxis are exempted from the child restraint requirement as it would not be reasonable or practical for public service vehicles to carry a number and variety of child seats of different-sizes that are suitable for children of different ages. Children or persons below the height of 1.35m shall only ride in the rear of the taxis.

Why should persons below 1.35m ride only in the rear of the taxis?

This is to mitigate the risks involved should there be an accident. Research has indicated that children are at greater risk of injury when travelling in the front seat without proper seat belts or restraints.

Can persons below 1.35m ride in the front seat of the taxis?

Yes. Passengers are required to provide their own approved child restraint or booster seat and be belted up appropriately.

What are the penalties for passengers who fail to belt up?

A fine of $120 will be imposed on adult passengers who fail to belt up.
If charged in court and convicted, the penalty shall be a fine not exceeding S$1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months and in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding S$2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.

What are the penalties for bus conductors or attendants who fail to ensure that their passenger belt up?

A fine of $120 will be imposed on the bus conductor or attendant who fails to ensure that their passengers onboard are belted up.
If charged in court and convicted, the penalty shall be a fine not exceeding S$1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months and in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding S$2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.

What are the penalties for the drivers who fail to belt up appropriately?
What are the penalties for bus drivers who fail to ensure that their passengers belt up?
What is the penalty if a taxi driver fails to ensure that persons below the height of 1.35m ride in the rear seats of taxis?

A composition fine of $120 and 3 demerit points.
If charged in court and convicted, the penalty shall be a fine not exceeding S$1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months and in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding S$2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.

 

 

Last Updated on 14 September 2017