Seat Belts

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This is part of the Driver-Related Practices from the IOGP Land Transportation Safety Recommended Practice documented in their Report 365. This page only summarises the guidance – refer to the IOGP report and/or IOGP website for further information.

Wear a seat belt at all times while in a moving vehicle.

  • A seat belt reduces the likelihood of an injury in the event of an incident while driving.
  • Drivers and all passengers always wear a seat belt while in a moving vehicle.
  • Apply the IOGP Life-Saving Rule for Driving: “I always wear a seat belt”.
  • Wearing a seat belt includes safety belts in (rental) cars, taxis, (mini) buses, trucks, cranes, or forklift trucks, and involves persons in moving vehicles when engaged in company business

Drivers and Passengers:

  • Always use a three-point seat belt.
  • Wear the seat belt as tight as possible, with no slack.
  • Check that their seat belt works properly.
  • Keep their seat belt properly fastened while in a moving vehicle.
  • Check that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt properly before starting to drive.
  • Intervene when fellow occupant are not wearing seat belts properly.

Supervisors, Managers, Leaders:

  • Ensure all vehicles are fitted with three-point seat belts.
  • Ensure the functionality of the seat belt is inspected in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendation where a vehicle has been involved in a Motor Vehicle Crash (MVC) resulting in seat belt retraction, as the functionality of the seat belt might be compromised.

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