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Driving Test Backlog – Learners Waiting Up-to Six Months

Learner drivers are being warned over long-lasting delays for driving tests, with thousands having to wait over six months for a space.

Motoring experts at Quotezone.co.uk have researched how the driving test backlog is becoming a real problem for UK learners, offering tips for those those struggling to book an exam.

Every year in the UK around 1.6 million nervous learners buckle up to sit their practical driving tests, yet these pupils are now having to join a queue of up to six months for an opportunity to take the exam.*

With pupils racking up countless hours in the car practising their driving, they’re understandably  keen to book in the practical test as soon as they feel ready and confident.

Yet the latest data shows average wait times of up to 15 weeks for learners to even get the opportunity to take a driving test.**

But many are reporting even longer waits, with some driving test centres having delays of up to six months.

The long wait times are partially because of the DVSA’s continued struggle to tackle the backlog leftover from Covid-19 restrictions in the UK, where driving tests were suspended for several months.

Driving examiners have also recently been on strike over pay, pensions and redundancy terms, which has further delayed tests for pupils across the country.***

Measures have been put in place to try and reduce the mountain of learners waiting for a test – out of hours and weekend driving tests have been introduced.

The DVSA’s latest ‘Ready to Pass?’ campaign is also designed to help take the pressure off, helping pupils prepare for upcoming driving tests to see if they are actually ready to book a spot.

But learners are still having to wait weeks and months for test slots to open up and they are becoming increasingly frustrated at being forced to compete for a space.

With the average driving test pass rate in the UK now 48.7% and falling, learner drivers who failed their tests the first time round must now wait in the ongoing backlog for another chance.****

Founder and CEO of Quotezone.co.uk, Greg Wilson, said: “For many young people being able to drive is a rite of passage and their first real taste of freedom. But thousands of young adults now find themselves stuck, waiting for their chance to pass and have access to their very first set of wheels.

“The backlog has been in place for years now, and despite the DVSA trying to ease pressure on test centres, pupils are still being met with disappointment even with test slots being offered up over weekends, evenings and bank holidays.

“I really sympathise with those learners who have been waiting months for a chance to take their tests.

“If you are one of the many queuing in the backlog for a test slot to become available, it’s  important to keep on top of your lessons and keep practising.

“Also look at other driving test centres nearby in case they have more test availability – not a lot of learners are aware that you are permitted to book a test elsewhere.

“You can also use the cancellations app to try and get your test moved forwards when a slot opens up.”

Quotezone.co.uk helps around 3 million users every year find savings on household bills and essentials, such as learner driver insurance, young driver insurance and insurance without a black box.

Morocco, Philippines And Japan Top Adventure Destinations For Brits This Spring

London (January 30, 2023) – Morocco, Philippines, and Japan are the top searched destinations for adventurous UK residents who expect to travel in the first quarter of 2023, according to the latest insights from travel insurance provider World Nomads.

Post-pandemic, searches for travel insurance policies spiked significantly year-on-year. But between 1 December 2022 – 22 January 2023, Morocco featured heavily in searches, with demand up 1,585%. Searches for policies to the Philippines were up by 1,042% whilst there was a 533% increase in searches for policies for Japan.

World Nomads has noticed customers, on average, are purchasing insurance just two weeks out from their trip. A brand survey conducted by World Nomads in December with UK customers also revealed that consumer confidence in travel is returning to pre-COVID levels. Of those surveyed, 77% said ‘there is nothing stopping me from booking travel’.

When asked how many trips they plan on taking in the next 12 months, 33% responded they intended to travel 2 to 3 times, with 15% indicating that they would travel more than 6 times. As many as 66% of respondents said they planned on travelling to a new destination, whilst ‘relaxation and disconnection’ (31%) and ‘outdoor adventure’ (23%) were the primary motivations for travel.

Jonathan Frankham, World Nomads General Manager UK and Europe, said: “Our insights show that there is a clear demand for far-flung destinations and whilst different in their offering, Morocco, the Philippines and Japan each have adventure and excitement in abundance.

“Having adequate travel insurance is important for long-haul destinations. Our data shows that on average customers purchase insurance two weeks before their trip starts, but by doing so you’re potentially missing out on coverage that may provide some recourse in the event of something happening before leaving the country. If you’re covered from the point of purchase, then you may be protected if certain events lead to your trip being cancelled or postponed.

“If activities are part of your holiday itinerary, consider a policy that will provide cover for overseas medical expenses in the event of an accident. Medical care can be expensive and bureaucratic in Japan for example. Whilst Japan offers universal health care for residents and those staying more than a year, everyone else is expected to carry some form of travel insurance at all times. Doctors may refuse to treat you without it. So, it’s important to do the research on your destination and choose a policy that works for you.

“World Nomads insurance policies are designed with adventurous travellers in mind. We offer cover for over 200 sports and activities and our customers value holidays where they discover new places, experience different cultures, and create lifelong memories through unique experiences,” said Mr Frankham.

Morocco is blessed with mild temperatures in winter and spring, and boasts year-round kitesurfing as well as camel adventures and trekking. For those who want a more relaxing holiday, the second week of February sees the town of Tafraoute host its annual Almond Blossom Festival, which brings visitors from around the world to see the blossoming trees, traditional dance displays and enjoy delicious food.

Early spring in the Philippines brings blue skies, sunshine, and little chance of rain. There are slightly fewer crowds compared to the rush of visitors who typically travel at the beginning of the year. March to April is also one of the best times in the Philippines for scuba diving, an activity for which World Nomads also offers cover.

Japan was one of the last countries to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic, having only lifted its travel restrictions in November 2022. It is popular for its cherry blossom season from late March to early April. February is a fantastic time for avid skiers, with epic conditions on the slopes of Niseko and Hakuba. Mild weather in the south makes February a good time to explore the cities and towns.

Other destinations where travel insurance policy searches were significantly higher in comparison to the previous year include:

  • Vietnam – up 484%
  • Malaysia – up 367%
  • Netherlands – up 333%
  • Romania – up 200%
  • India – up 186%
  • Australia – up 183%

For more information about World Nomads, visit www.worldnomads.com.

Celebrate The Season Of Love With Gaucho

If you’re seeking the perfect way to shower your loved one with affection this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Gaucho. From intimate and exclusive riverside dining pods to romantic tipples, superbly seasoned wagyu steaks and an immersive film experience, ramp up the romance with a little wining and dining.

A Marvellous Moulin Rouge Film Club | Gaucho Charlotte Street 

An immersive and theatrical experience, visit Gaucho Charlotte Street for the next instalment of its iconic Film Club. The classic ‘dinner and a movie’ has been given a serious makeover – take your seat in the restaurant and enjoy every moment of the award-winning and ever tragic Moulin Rouge, all whilst tucking into perfectly paired plates and tasty tipples inspired by the scenes on screen.

Available on 11th February, £65pp 

Riverside Romance Pods | Gaucho Canary Wharf  

Trade in the cold winter air and the chaos of the city for a cosy-up with your beau (or your bestie) in an intimate dining pod at Gaucho Canary Wharf. Overlooking the river and the glittering city lights, make a beeline and book one of two exclusive dining pods, each with its own theatrical romance theme. For those who like to go all out, The Cupid Pod comes with an abundance of pink and white flowers and fairy lights, and petals scattered across the table. For something a little sultrier, The Indulgence Pod will be bedecked in red and crimson flowers with moody and dramatic lighting. When booking either pod, you’re welcome to order whatever your heart desires from Gaucho’s extensive Argentine inspired menu, and you will also be treated to a bottle of Laurent Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé and some moreish chocolate truffles to finish.

Available exclusively on 14th February, minimum spend applies 

A Cocktail Fit for Cupid | All Gaucho restaurants 

Available at all Gaucho restaurants, sip on a refreshing Valentine’s Day serve, created in partnership with Mirabeau Rose Gin. The Blushing Rose (£11) is a sweet blend of Mirabeau Rose Gin, lychee, rose, Peychaud’s & MS Foam and lemon – ideal for toasting to your main squeeze!

Available from 10th – 14th February 

To book your Valentine’s Day experience, visit www.gauchorestaurants.com

Distributed by Roche Communications on behalf of Rare Restaurants, 30th January 2023 

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For more information, please contact Alissa Stroud or Lara Mills at Roche Communications on

020 7436 1111 or firstname@rochecom.com

Small House? No Bother! Follow These Tips to Maximise Indoor Space

The average cost of buying a house had risen 10.7% between June 2021–2022. To cope with these soaring figures, you may have to conceptualise your dream home a little smaller than you first thought, but you can make your home feel just as spacious!

Here, Tom Swinbourne, at SkiphireUK explores some of the best ways to make your house feel larger. We’ll include some expert commentary from interior professionals, so every bit of space can become larger than life.

Remember to declutter

Ever heard of the phrase ‘a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind’? Even if you’re comfortable with a certain amount of mess, there’s some stock in this age-old saying. So if you want to maximise indoor space, the first step is to declutter your home.

It can be difficult to part from our favourite pieces of furniture. They may be handed down from older generations of your family or maybe you just want to keep them for your future self. Try to think of the end result in your mind: a decluttered home.

While removing furniture might seem like a difficult task, you can hire the help of professionals. And there are rubbish removal services across the country, whether you’re looking for skip hire in Leeds or Liverpool.

Establish a focal point

Once you’ve cleared out any clutter, you’ll need to make the most out of whichever pieces are left. There’s a method to the madness of furniture, so where you choose to put your couch and coffee table has a big impact on your indoor space.

The Stone Gable blog, which covers all things interior design, recommends establishing a focal point. These are the first elements of a room you might notice, tying the interior design together. A focal point has ‘dominance over everything in the room’ because it demands our attention. So you can then use décor to emphasise this placement.

“The focal point you choose will depend on the room. If you’re looking for a spacious way to organise a bedroom, a bed would no doubt be the most obvious choice, and a table is the most obvious choice for a dining room. It could even be a set of chairs emphasising a fireplace in the living room. The list goes on, so you can maximise every room in your house!”, Tom Swinbourne.

Let there be light

It’s no secret that light colours create a roomy atmosphere. This is because white reflects light, whereas black absorbs it. But how can you utilise this knowledge?

The colours that you paint your home, such as white and neutral shades, can open up the space around you. In fact, according to colour expert Tash Bradley, you can also choose shades of pink to achieve the same effect.

There’s also nothing a little natural light can’t solve. To maximise your indoor space, open your curtains and let the sunlight do all of the work. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a solution that offers more privacy, choose sheer over thick curtains.

Make the most of mirrors

Mirrors are welcome additions to any home. Not only do you need them to make sure your hair is presentable for the outside world, but they also act as an optical illusion. The reflection is an expert way to create more space in your home.

You can utilise mirrors in multiple ways. They can be angled towards a focal point to give depth, placed near a window to reflect the outside world, or positioned in a way to reflect light. A floor-to-ceiling mirror is another stylish and foolproof way to achieve spaciousness.

The housing market is changing. In turn, you’ll need to think of creative ways to make your home spacious. Whether you’re a landlord looking to lease the property or a homeowner settling down for good, you can create a grander environment with these tips.

The Benefits Of Air Track Mats For At-Home Workouts

Air Tracks are an increasingly popular piece of exercise equipment for home workouts. They’re incredibly versatile and can be used to do a wide variety of exercises. They’re also lightweight and easy to store, making them perfect for those who don’t have a lot of space at home. Let’s explore some of the reasons why Air Track mats are quickly becoming the go-to choice for at-home workouts.

You can workout your whole body with air track mats

The air track cheap provides an exciting and effective way to work up a sweat in your own home. These inflatable mats are made from lightweight, durable materials that make workouts bouncy and fun – perfect for jump squats, push-ups, or sit-ups!

Not only do they add variety to any workout routine but they’re also safe; Air Trac Mats use non-toxic hypoallergenic material which won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. Plus their slow deflation process prevents unexpected accidents when punctured – giving you total peace of mind during exercise time!

It’s easy to set them up and store them away, so you can use them whenever you want

Air tracks are an ideal and safe solution for athletes looking to practice gymnastics, cheer leading, or other athletics with greater ease. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned athlete these mats provide plenty of training versatility – offering comfort during jumps thanks to their soft surface as well as being easily portable for use in any location.

When selecting the best air track mat it is important to align your needs from size preferences over thickness through inflation time and maximum weight capacity – features that make them perfect when safety comes first!

Making the right choice for an air track mat can be overwhelming with so many options available. To ensure you land on a product that works best for your workouts, it helps to speak to a coach or trainer and explore what qualities are most important when selecting one.

Kameymall is renowned in this sector as they create superior mats built from durable materials – perfect if you want years of extra use and comfort!

The air track mat provides great protection

Air track mats offer a great deal of protection and support when exercising, allowing users to work out without worrying about injuring themselves. The soft foam material absorbs impact so there is no risk of hurting yourself or your flooring while doing high-impact exercises like jumping or running. With its anti-slip surface, you can also ensure you won’t slip and fall during your workout – something that’s especially important if you’re working out on hardwood floors!

Multi functionality

You can do just about any type of workout on an air track mat. Whether you want to do yoga or pilates, stretching, or strength training exercises, air track mats are perfect for all sorts of activities. You can even use it as a makeshift trampoline! Thanks to its lightweight design, it’s easy to move around the room so you can change up your routine whenever you want.

Affordability

Air track mats come in various sizes and prices so they fit any budget. They are also very durable and built with high-quality materials which means they will last much longer than traditional exercise mats – giving you great value for your money in the long run! Plus, since they fold up neatly, they’re easy to store away when not in use – saving you even more space at home.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an effective way to get fit from the comfort of your own home then look no further than an air track mat! Not only do these mats provide superior safety and support during your workouts but they are incredibly versatile – meaning that no matter what kind of exercise routine you have in mind, there’s sure to be an air track mat that fits the bill perfectly! Plus, thanks to their affordability and convenient storage options, these mats are perfect for anyone looking for a cost-effective way to stay fit from home!

New Book: ‘Freaky Thinking: Delivering A Dazzling Difference That Will Make All The Difference’

‘Freaky Thinking: Thinking that delivers a dazzling difference’ is the new book from Chris Thomason, author of ‘The Idea Generator’ (Pearson) and several other business thinking books.

Chris believes that in business, the most valuable asset we possess is our mind. Freaky Thinking is a new way of applying our mind to deliver dazzling workplace thinking to get better ideas that address our organization’s big issues.

The problems and opportunities that organizations face are getting ever more challenging. They exist in an environment of uncertainty which makes them more-prevalent and more-difficult to identify—and harder to address with today’s available approaches.

This is where a different thinking is needed. Freaky Thinking. Thinking that is unconventional, edgy, and unexpected. Thinking that anyone, at any level, in any organization can do. And be recognized for.

In his book ‘Freaky Thinking’ Chris explains the process of Freaky Thinking and:

Uncovers the startling pitfalls in workplace thinking today

Explains how different thinking is the work-tool of the future

Helps you access your ‘Meanderscape’ as the source of new ideas

Guides you through using Killer Questions for all aspects of your life

Reveals some radical new thinking tools to spark practical creativity

Shows you how to become a brilliant Freaky Thinker

Provides a simple template to lead you through the process

‘Freaky Thinking’ and its companion books ‘Excellence in Freaky Thinking’ and ‘Freaky Thinking templates’ will enable you to change the way you think and deliver great value for you, your team, and your wider organization.

Chris Thomason is founder of Ingenious Growth which helps organisations change their thinking to boost innovation, productivity, profits and most importantly, staff satisfaction. After buying a failing manufacturing company and turning it into one of the largest in its sector, Chris now teaches the innovative ways of thinking that lead to his business success.

Chris is author of eight business books including ‘The Idea Generator’, ‘Freaky Thinking’, and ‘Excellence in Freaky Thinking’. Chris’s clients include UPS, Canon, O2, Vodafone, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Touchnote, Lloyds Bank, Toyota, HSBC, Scottish Widows, South African Airways, American Express, and many more. See: www.ingeniousgrowth.com

‘Freaky Thinking’ is out now priced £9.95

Raise The Woof At Gaucho’s Doggy Sundays

This February, the pawsome Doggy Sundays monthly event series returns to Gaucho Hampstead, kicking off on Sunday 5th February and giving you and your four-legged friend the chance to enjoy a gourmet Gaucho experience. Whilst well-behaved dogs (and humans) are welcome in all Gaucho venues, Doggy Sundays is the ulti-mutt foodie event that you’ll be barking mad for!

Take your pick from a Gaucho Sunday Roast (£26 per person) or one of the Never-Ending Bottomless Roasts (£36 per person) with a choice of three perfectly cooked cuts of meat, lashings of gravy, crispy roast potatoes and unlimited seasonal vegetables. Alternatively, dive into delicious Argentine plates from the à la carte menu whilst your pooch enjoys a complimentary three course dog-friendly menu, think Barkino’s pizza slice for starters, a gourmet doggy bowl for mains and a peony cupcake to finish – the perfect canine cuisine!

Puppy Love – Sunday 5th February

There’s no better way to say “I woof you” and to celebrate Valentine’s Day than at the Puppy Love edition of Doggy Sundays, where the Gaucho Hampstead terrace will be transformed into a beautiful garden of love. Your dogs will get hot under the collar with the dedicated Kissing Booth – pawfect for pictures and giving other pups a little lick.

Healthy Hounds – Sunday 5th March

In March, make your way to the Health Hounds instalment of Doggy Sundays. Healthy Hounds has been created in partnership with the hemp dog food brand, Howl Natural – a brand created to raise awareness of the importance of getting your dog’s diet right to ensure he or she is in tip top shape. This event will feature a one-hour Q&A with an expert canine nutritionist.

Eggstravaganza – Sunday 2nd April

Celebrate Easter with your pooch and book your table at the Eggstravaganza event, in partnership with luxury dog bakery, Swish London. Dogs and their owners will participate in a fun-filled Easter egg hunt around the Gaucho Hampstead terrace, receiving an eggstra special Easter treat – canine-friendly chocolate truffles!

A reservation at Doggy Sundays includes a complimentary three course menu for dogs – book your spot now at www.gauchorestaurants.com.

Bone Appetit!

Mike Collins Mortgage Expert explains – Are bridging loans still available?

They sound old-fashioned but bridging loans are very much still a thing.

If you’re looking for immediate finance to buy a property, a bridging loan could be the solution you’re looking for, advises Mike Collins, financial planner.

Bridging loans provide a flexible and short-term stopgap for any pitfalls you may find yourself in.

Perhaps you need to pay for a property outright at auction? Maybe your dream home is in sight but you haven’t sold your current property – and don’t want to lose the potential new house.

You might need to cover any unexpected business costs.

Mike Collins Mortgage Expert says: “I’ve worked in the industry for 17 years and I often get asked about bridging loans – and the main worry is always what the pitfalls are. But if you use them correctly as they are intended and have a good exit strategy for paying it back, there’s no problem.

“Hopefully this article will help you decide whether bridging finance is the right option for you at this time.”

High interest rates

Interest rates on bridging loans are higher than other finance products and it’s important to realise how high interest rates are just now.

But a bridging loan is designed to be a short-term loan. It should be paid back within two years ideally, making the interest more controlled and therefore, the loan more affordable.

Of course you can get a fixed interest rate and this is great, providing you’re able to keep up with the monthly repayments.

Variable loan rates change in line with the Bank of England base rate, which is 3.50% today (Jan 2023). The base rate influences the interest rates that many lenders charge for mortgages, loans and other types of credit they offer people.

Rates can be different depending on what the loan is being used for but as a general rule, rates for bridging loans for businesses are more expensive than one for a residential purchase.

Quick access to cash

If you just need to get your hands on cash quick – and it’s normally a panic feeling of missing out on a purchase – it’s good to know that a bridging loan can be turned around in as few as three days… another reason why they fit the bill for so many buyers.

It’s much faster to arrange because the lending decision tends to rely on your exit strategy. That is, how you plan to pay the loan back when the term is over.

Bad credit? No worries.

As with most things financial, your credit rating can determine whether you’re accepted for a bridging loan.

The good news is, you can still get one even if you do have bad credit as lenders tend to place greater emphasis on the value of the property related to the loan than your credit score when considering rates.

Due to the loan being secured on an asset of value, there are no lengthy checks made.

Whichever bridging loan you end up picking, just be sure to check the lender is a member of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This means any complaints can be dealt with in the proper channels – the FCA guidelines.

Social Media Expert Says Banning TikTok on College Campuses Will Have Negative Consequences

The ban will limit diversity and inclusion on college campuses.

In recent months, a number of colleges and universities have decided to ban the popular social media app TikTok from their campuses due to concerns about the security of data shared on the platform. While these bans may have been implemented to protect students’ data, they could also have several negative consequences.

According to a recent guest post, banning TikTok on college campuses could negatively impact the student body’s diversity and inclusivity. Many students use the app to connect with others who share their interests or come from similar backgrounds. By denying them access to this platform, colleges may be inadvertently limiting their students’ ability to form diverse and supportive communities.

Furthermore, by banning TikTok, colleges may also be missing out on the opportunity to promote diversity and inclusivity on their campuses. Students often use the app to share information about events, clubs, and other activities. Without this platform, it may be more difficult for students to learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives around the campus and for organizations to reach a campus-wide audience.

Additionally, banning TikTok could also have a detrimental effect on the ability of college administrators to communicate with students. Many colleges and universities have started using TikTok to connect with students and share important information and updates. Without this platform, it may be more difficult for administrators to establish this type of connection with students.

“Banning TikTok from college campuses could have a number of negative consequences for students, including limiting their ability to form diverse and supportive communities, missing out on future opportunities and staying informed about what’s happening on campus,” said Luke Lintz, social media expert and founder of HighKey Enterprises LLC. “College administrators should consider the potential consequences before making a decision about banning the app on their campuses.”

For more information, visit lukelintz.com.

About Luke Lintz

Luke Lintz is a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and social media personality. Today, he is the co-owner of HighKey Enterprises LLC, which aims to revolutionize social media marketing. HighKey Enterprises is a highly rated company that has molded its global reputation by servicing high-profile clients that range from A-listers in the entertainment industry to the most successful 1% across the globe.

HighKey Agency works in the digital marketing space, and they look after their clients’ social media growth through HighKey Clout. They are accredited as the company that legitimized Instagram giveaways, which initiated a revolution in the global marketplace. HighKey allows their clients to increase their social media growth and position themselves beside top celebrities through encouraging top-quality Instagram management, influencer giveaways, and powerful connections with legends like Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Bella Thorne, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Eight Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Seatbelt Laws

Drivers are being urged to brush up on their understanding of seatbelt laws after PM Rishi Sunak was fined for not wearing one.

Motoring experts at Quotezone.co.uk have researched eight laws about seatbelts in the UK that most drivers are unaware of, which could land them a hefty fine.

The seatbelt law was first introduced in 1983 and has since saved thousands of lives and prevented countless injuries.

But the latest figures show that still 5.2% of drivers and 8.5% of back seat passengers were observed not wearing a seatbelt.

In most circumstances every passenger and driver is required by law to wear their seatbelt, no matter how short the journey is.

If anyone is caught not wearing a seatbelt when they are supposed to, they could be fined up to £500.

But there are certain situations which do not legally require drivers or passengers to wear a seatbelt, although it is always strongly advised.

Many people are unaware that the driver is only responsible for children under 14 to be wearing their seatbelt; anyone over 14 is accountable for themselves.

Owners of classic cars which do not have a seatbelt installed are not legally required to get one fitted and drivers are therefore exempt from wearing one.

Taxi drivers and certain buses and coaches also have differing rules about not wearing seatbelts – coaches first used before 1988 do not need to install seatbelts and taxi drivers are completely exempt from wearing one.

Greg Wilson, founder and CEO of Quotezone.co.uk said: “Since the seatbelt law was first introduced over 40 years ago it has saved millions of lives and made the UK roads much safer for everyone.

“We urge everyone to wear a seatbelt in all situations, even if they are legally exempt, for their own safety and to avoid a hefty fine of up to £500.

“It’s important to make sure you do know the laws surrounding seatbelts to stay within the law and avoid any unsafe trips for yourself and your passengers.

“One of the things most people are unaware of is that the driver is only responsible for children who are under 14 to wear their seatbelt, anyone older than 14 is accountable for themselves.

“Coaches registered before 1988 do not require adults to wear seatbelt, and taxi drivers are completely exempt from wearing one, as well as classic car owners. Any driver who is reversing is not legally required to wear a seatbelt either.”

Quotezone.co.uk’s eight things you didn’t know about seatbelts:

  1. Driving a taxi

Taxi drivers who are carrying passengers or plying for hire are exempt from wearing a seatbelt. This law is to protect the driver from any passengers who may use the seat belt to hold the driver down and attack them.

 

  1. Reversing

When a driver is reversing, they are legally permitted to take off their seatbelt. This also applies to Brits who are supervising a learner driver who is reversing. The seat belt must be put back on as soon as they continue to drive forwards.

 

  1. Classic car

Before 1965, seatbelts did not have to be fitted into UK vehicles. So for those who drive a classic car which was originally manufactured without a seatbelt, there is no law requiring one to be fitted. Children under three cannot sit in the car, and those over three can only sit in the back.

 

  1. Goods vehicles

Motorists who are driving goods vehicles on delivery rounds do not need to wear a seatbelt if the distance is no more than 50 metres in between stops. In all other circumstances they must have a seatbelt on, unless reversing.

 

  1. Medical exemptions

Doctors are able to hand out a certificate to those drivers who have valid medical grounds to not wear a seatbelt. This certificate must be kept in the car to show the police if necessary, as well as informing the car insurer.

 

  1. Buses

Passengers onboard buses are exempt from wearing seatbelts, and buses generally do not have them installed. This is because these urban buses are intended for short trips at slow speeds and usually travel in dedicated bus lanes. They’re also designed to allow passengers to stand. Bus drivers are required to wear seatbelts if one is fitted – this depends on the year of manufacture.

 

  1. Coaches

The seatbelt law on coaches depends when the vehicle was first used. Coaches registered before 1988 do not require adults to wear seatbelts, those registered between 1988 and 2001 require seatbelts on forward-facing seats, and after 2001 requires a three-point belt on all coach seats.

 

  1. 14 year olds

Passengers who are under 14 years old are required to wear a seatbelt by law, but it is their own responsibility to do so. Drivers are only responsible for children under 14 to wear their seatbelt and be in the correct child seat.

 

Quotezone.co.uk helps around 3 million users every year find savings on household bills and essentials, such as taxi driver insurance, coach insurance, and classic car insurance.

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