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Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Amendments to regulation 55 (seat belts)

3.—(1) Regulation 55 of the principal Regulations shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (8).

(2) In paragraph (2) –

(a)in sub-paragraph (c) for the words “regulation 54(4)(a)(ii) or (iii)” there shall be substituted “item 9 or 10 of the Table in regulation 54(3)”;

(b)in sub-paragraph (d) for the words “regulation 54(4)(a)(i)(B)” there shall be substituted “item 3 of the Table in regulation 54(3)”.

(c)in sub-paragraph (e) for the words “regulation 54(5)(b)” there shall be substituted “item 6 of the Table in regulation 54(3)”; and

(d)after sub-paragraph (e) there shall be inserted –

(f)item 5 of the Table in regulation 54(3) applies shall be fitted –

(i)as respects the driver’s seat with a three-point belt or a lap belt; and

(ii)as respects every other forward-facing front seat with a three-point belt, a lap belt installed in accordance with paragraph 3.1.2.1 of Annex I to Community Directive 77/541 or a disabled person’s belt;

(g)item 7 of the Table in regulation 54(3) applies shall be fitted, as respects every forward-facing seat, with—

(i)an inertia reel belt;

(ii)a retractable lap belt installed in compliance with paragraph 3.1.10 of Annex I to Community Directive 96/36 or 2000/3;

(iii)a disabled person’s belt; or

(iv)a child restraint;

(h)item 7 of the Table in regulation 54(3) applies shall be fitted, as respects every rearward-facing seat, with—

(i)an inertia reel belt;

(ii)a retractable lap belt;

(iii)a disabled person’s belt; or

(iv)a child restraint;

(i)item 8 of the Table in regulation 54(3) applies shall be fitted, as respects every forward-facing seat, with—

(i)an inertia reel belt;

(ii)a disabled person’s belt; or

(iii)a child restraint;

(j)item 9 of the Table in regulation 54(3) applies shall be fitted, as respects every rearward-facing seat, with—

(i)an inertia reel belt;

(ii)a retractable lap belt;

(iii)a disabled person’s belt; or

(iv)a child restraint..

(3) In paragraph (4) –

(a)for the words “paragraph (2)(b), (c), (d) or (e)” there shall be substituted “any of the paragraphs (2)(b) to (j)”; and

(b)for the words “or 82/319 or 90/628 or 96/36” there shall be substituted “, 82/319, 90/628, 96/36 or 2000/3”.

(4) In paragraph (5)(e) for the words “regulation 54(5)(a)” there shall be substituted “item 4 of the Table in regulation 54(3)”.

(5) After paragraph (5) there shall be inserted –

(5A) Vehicles constructed or adapted for the secure transport of prisoners shall not be required to comply with the requirements of paragraph (2) in relation to seats for persons other than the driver and front seat passenger provided that those seats shall have seat belt anchorage points provided for them in accordance with regulation 54..

(6) In paragraph (6) after the words “disabled person’s belt” there shall be inserted “first fitted before 1st September 2002”.

(7) In paragraph (8) for sub-paragraph (b) there shall be substituted –

(b)in any other case –

(i)with a designated approval mark; or

(ii)with an EC Component Type-Approval Mark complying with Annex III to Community Directive 2000/3..

(8) In paragraph (11) after the definition of “lap belt” the following definition shall be inserted –

“retractable lap belt” means a lap belt with either an automatically locking retractor (as defined in paragraph 1.8.3 of Annex I to Community Directive 77/541) or an emergency locking retractor (as defined in paragraph 1.8.4 of Annex I to Community Directive 77/541);.

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