Children on coaches

What is the law regarding the carriage of children?

Children under 3 years oldCorrect child restraint MUST be used
Children aged 3 and above,
until they reach either their
12th birthday or 135cm in height
Where seat belts fitted, correct child restraint MUST be used

MUST use adult belt if the correct child restraint is not available in three scenarios:

  • in a in a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle
  • for a short distance for reason of unexpected necessity
  • two occupied child restraints prevent fitment of a third

In addition, a child 3 and over may travel unrestrained in the rear seat of a vehicle if seat belts are not available

Child over 1.35 metres,
or 12 to 13 years
Seat belt MUST be worn if available
Adult passengers
(ie 14 years and over)
Seat belt MUST be worn if available