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my child was not wearing a seat belt what fine will i get?

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my child was not wearing a seat belt what fine will i get? even though i did not realise at the time.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
HI.

Thank you for your question . My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

How old is your child?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

18 months old

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Have you been stopped?

We're you driving?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


yes i was stopped, and driving.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Did the officer give you a fixed penalty fine?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thank you.

If he didnt give you a fixed penalty fine at the scene then its quite unlikely that they will do so now. Certainly they could but it isn't normal procedure.

Saying that you were unaware is no defence I'm afraid. You will find the rules summarised quite well here

https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules

And it depends on the weight of the child.

Whatever the weight though, he should have been wearing some form of appropriate restraint.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo