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    C15 hitop passengers

    Do you carry passengers in yours?

    I have done occasionally, but it's not something I enjoy.

    Where do you stand legally?

    I am pretty sure it is legal to carry passengers in the rear of a camper even if they are not belted seats.
    If you had 1 child it would need to be in the front passenger seat and if it needed a booster seat this should be used.
    There is a previso however if a police officer thinks passengers are being carried in a dangerous manner you can be booked.
    Presumably if you tried to carry 10 teenagers to a gig or whatever in the back of a Romahome .
    It's not recommended to carry unbelted occupents in the rear as obviously if a frontal colission occured they would be thrown forward possibly causing serious injury to those in the front.
    If you have to carry someone in the back it might help to fix a strong sheet of plywood behind the front seats to help stop them ending up in the front.
    You could also have problems claiming on your insurance.


      Passengers and seat belts

      I Have been doing a bit of searching regarding rear seat passengers in campers,
      Best advice so far,
      From authorative souces I have Found on the web,

      "Our advice is that passengers are safest in a forward or rearward facing seat equipped with a three-point seat belt. Seat belt anchorage points should be designed so that they will be capable of withstanding the high forces of an impact and seat belts must comply with the latest British or European standards and be marked accordingly with either the 'e', 'E' or BS 'Kitemark'. We strongly recommend that they are professionally installed by qualified persons (such as a commercial garage or seatbelt specialist).

      Although side facing seats, with or without seat belts, are not illegal, we would not advise that they are used. This is because seat belts are not designed to be used with such seats. In the event of an accident, seat belts on these side facing seats may help to prevent the wearer being thrown around the vehicle or from being ejected, but in a frontal crash they can increase injury risk by subjecting vulnerable parts of the body to higher loads than seat belts used on forward facing seats.

      If you intend to carry children aged 12 years or under, the seat belt wearing regulations require them to use a suitable child restraint. You should bear in mind that child restraints cannot be fitted to side facing seats. In order to fit the required child restraints, you would need to have forward or rearward facing seats with full three-point seat belts. "

      The Department [of Transport] cannot give an authoritative interpretation of the law; that is a matter for the courts.

      Guidelines for fitting seat belts

      Regarding the laws about fitting seat belts, ultimately it comes down to the MOT test.

      The MOT tester has to decide if the seat belts are fitted safely. The seat belt test criteria is that each seat that requires one has one, and that its mounting point and the 12" surrounding it are not corroded excessively. However if it is mounted to a 1/8th plywood floor at cant be corroded, so it passes. This means, in essence that the real serviceability of a mounting is outside the MOT testers remit.

      I would be vary wary of passengers without seat belts,
      Imagine head on collision at 30mph,
      You got a human cannonball behind you at that moment of impact
      Seat belts are cheap to buy and easy to fit
      If mistakes are the foundation of understanding, i have firm foundation,Underpinned by much in the way of I don't want to do that again


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