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1What is a seatbelt exemption?

If you’re granted a seatbelt exemption you are not required to wear a seatbelt when driving (or when you’re a passenger in a car). The exemption can include conditions, such as exemption being applied for a defined period of time or a requirement to have regular reviews.

If you’re granted a seatbelt exemption, you must carry the certificate issued by your doctor with you at all times whilst travelling in a vehicle.

2Who is eligible to apply for a seat belt exemption?

You can apply for a seat belt exemption if you meet strict medical guidelines and receive a medical certificate from your doctor. Your doctor will supply you with a medical certificate according to the Assessing Fitness to Drive Guidelines, which can include consideration of:

  • musculoskeletal conditions and deformities
  • people with a physical disability
  • special height and weight conditions
  • scars
  • pacemakers
  • iIleostomies and colostomies
  • pregnancy
  • psychological conditions.

3How do I apply for a seatbelt exemption?

To apply for a seatbelt exemption, you will need to:

  1. contact your medical practitioner (doctor)
  2. obtain a medical certificate exempting you from wearing a seatbelt
  3. carry your medical certificate with you at all times when travelling in a vehicle.