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Saturday 25th October 2014
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Do you have to wear a seatbelt in a police car?

police-van.jpgQuestion

It’s compulsory to wear a seatbelt in a moving vehicle. When you get arrested and you’re hand-cuffed, they just shove you in the back of the car or van and drive away. Is this breaking the law if you’re not strapped in?
James, Epsom

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Tim, Shepperton
Qualification: 22 years in the police force
Answer: Not everyone that is put (or thrown) into the back of a van is handcuffed. If there was a seatbelt, they could use it to cause damage to themselves by putting it around their neck for example. Therefore, they are not fitted in vans. In police cars, officers are actually exempt from having to wear them whilst transporting prisoners, for the same reason. Black cab drivers have the same exemption.