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Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems - 5.3 Seat Belt Installation Requirements Class 4A 5A approved VTS only

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Seat Belt Installation Requirements Class 4A 5A approved VTS only


Vehicles fitted with more than 8 passenger seats and first used before 1 October 2001 may be subject to a seat belt installation check.

This can only be carried out by full Class 5 authorised test stations. It is essential therefore that you correctly identify vehicles that require a seat belt installation check.

A vehicle will require a seat belt installation check if:
it has more than 8 passenger seats fitted see note below and
it has more than the legally required number of seat belts fitted as per charts on pages 5 to 7 of Section 5.1 and
there is no proof that all the seat belt anchorage points have been type approved see page 3 or
there is no proof that a seat belt installation check has been previously carried out this will be by a previous VT 20 being produced at time of test showing that the vehicle has had an installation check or
extra seat belts have been fitted since a previous MOT installation check Compare the number of seat belts now fitted with the number shown on the last MOT certificate.

Note: If it is obvious that the vehicle is capable of carrying more than 8 seated passengers for example, by having wheelchair tracking/clamps fitted the presenter of the vehicle should be asked how many passengers the vehicle carries in normal use to establish the seating capacity.
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Reproduced from the MOT Inspection Manual by kind permission of THE VEHICLE INSPECTORATE.
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