Seatbelt Regulations

232. Driver to wear seatbelt
 (1)	  The driver of a motor vehicle that is moving, or is stationary but not parked, must
          comply with this regulation if the driver’s seating position — 
	   (a)	  is fitted with a seatbelt; or
	   (b)	  is required by a written law to be fitted with a seatbelt.
 (2)	  The driver must wear a seatbelt properly adjusted and securely fastened unless the 
          driver is — 
	   (a)	  reversing the vehicle; or
	   (b)	  exempt from wearing a seatbelt under regulation235.
	  Points and modified penalty: see regulation 235A.
	  [Regulation 232 inserted in Gazette 4 Jun 2010 p. 2401-2.]
Regulation 233 deals with the wearing of seatbelts by passengers 16 years or older.
Regulation 234 deals with the wearing of seatbelts by passengers under 16 years of age.
Regulation 235 gives specific exemptions from wearing seatbelts and defences.
There are no defences for the driver of a bus not wearing a seat belt (if fitted)
284. General exemptions from seatbelt provisions
 (1)	  Part 16 does not apply to —
	   (a)	  a member of the Police Force when the driving is in the course of his or her 
                  duty and in urgent circumstances; or
	   (b)	  the drivers and passengers of fire fighting vehicles when engaged in fire 
                  fighting activity;
	   (c)	  an ambulance officer or any person providing medical assistance to a person;
	   (d)	  a person who, or class of persons that, has been exempted in writing by the 
                  Director General from the application of the Part, and is complying with any
                  terms and conditions of that exemption.
 (2)	 Part 16 Divisions 2 and 4 do not apply to passengers of a member of the Police
         Force or to members of the Police Force when conveying passengers if, in the 
         officer’s opinion, the wearing of a seatbelt would be inappropriate (for example, 
         when the passenger is in lawful custody, or when the safety of the officer may
         be compromised).
 (3)	 Regulations 233 and 234 do not apply to the driver of a bus.
 (4)	 Regulation 234 does not apply to the following:
	   (a)	 the driver of, or passengers on or in, an emergency vehicle;
	   (b)	 the driver of, or passengers on or in, a vehicle while it is being used solely, 
                 or principally, for agricultural purposes or farming activities.
	 [Regulation 284 amended in Gazette 23 Sep 2003 p. 4171; 9 Mar 2007 p. 849; 
         4 Jun 2010 p. 2413 and 2414-15; 19 Nov 2010 p. 5757.]

For more information

All relevant Regulations listed above can be found in the WA Road Traffic Code 2000 and are accessible through the State Law Publisher at