Seatbelts and disabled people

Most disabled people are able to use a seat belt without undue difficulty and should be encouraged to do so. Of the minority of disabled people who have difficulty wearing a standard seat belt most can be assisted with some type of accessory or special harness that would enable them to operate their seat belt more easily and improve their chances of avoiding injury in the event of an accident. Although in many cases the necessary modifications can be made for very little cost by the seat belt user or by a friend, it is always advisable for such modification to be made by a skilled engineer or similar person with knowledge of seat belts and how they work. Disabled people and their medical advisers often lack knowledge of even the simplest seat belt accessory which may be available in the local car accessory shop, or where to go for assistance. General practitioners need to have this information, or at least know where to send any disabled motorist who would benefit from such assistance. It is clear that some disabled motorists do need an exemption certificate as they are able to drive or travel as a car passenger but are unable to use a seat belt or use the rear seat of a car. A medical exemption certificate should be issued to any disabled person who cannot wear any form of approved or specialised seat belt after all the options available have been carefully examined by an experienced adviser.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Second copy held as microfiche
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Isaacs, J
    • Massie, B
  • Publication Date: 1990


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 80p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 158

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01386633
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 9:36PM