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Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC)

As a matter of concern, The Department of Road Transport and Safety and Botswana Police Service would like to remind the general public about the Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Regulations, 2013 published on 7 June 2013.

According to the regulations, all passengers in a motor car, motor omnibus or commercial vehicle equipped with a seat belt are required to wear seat belts at all times. It further states that children under the age of five should be held on a child restraint seat placed at the back passenger seat and, in the case of pick up vehicles the child shall be restrained in a safe position in the front seat.

Since January 1st 2014 to date, thre have been 261 fatalities out of 212 crashes. Most of these fatalities are as a result of passengers being thrown from vehicles during crashes because of non-wearing of seat belts. In an effort to ensure a safe festive period, the Department in collaboration with the Police and other road safety stakeholders will during the festive season embark on a "seat belt campaign", to encourage all passengers including those in the rear seat to always wear their seat belts and ensure that children are also safely fastened.

Failure to wear a seatbelt is an offence punishable by a fine of not less than P200 but not more than P500, or imprisonment for a term of not less than two months but more than six months or both.

Be Responsible. Buckle up!

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