Seat belts & child restraints

The most recent legislation on the use of seat belts and child restraints in Ireland falls under S.I. No. 240 of 2006 of EC Compulsory Use of Safety Belts and Child Restraint Systems in Motor Vehicles Regulations 2006.  Essentially where seat belts are fitted they must be worn and children must be protected by a child restraint appropriate to their size and weight.  


Bus owners are required to ensure that passengers are informed of the requirement to wear seat belts while they are seated and while the vehicle is in motion. Seat belts or restraint systems on a vehicle must also be compliant with the new legal requirements of S. I. No. 367 of 2011 if the vehicle is to be used for the organised transport of children.  


See below FAQ documents on seat belts:  

Seat Belts in Buses here

Seat Belts in Cars, Light and Heavy Commercial Vehicles here

Seat Belts in Motorhomes here

Seat Belts in Tractors here

Wheelchair Restraints in Vehicles here

Further information on standards relating to child car seats can be found on our Child Safety in Cars webpage here.