Seat Belts in Taxis and Rideshare Service Vehicles

The law is no different when you are in a taxi or using rideshare services! All passengers must fasten their seat belts.

In a taxi or when using a rideshare service, buckle up!

When you ride in a taxi or use a rideshare service, you must buckle up. If you don't fasten your seat belt, the same penalties and fines apply as when you are in any other vehicle equipped with seat belts. 

Qualified drivers and seat belts

While on duty, qualified drivers are required to wear their seat belts at all times. Under no circumstances are they exempt from this obligation.

Riding in a taxi or using a rideshare service with a young child

If the vehicle has no child safety seats, the child must wear a seat belt.

If the child is too small to maintain an upright position

Buckle your seat belt and hold the child in your arms.

Do not buckle the child in with you because your weight could crush him or her in the event of an impact or sudden braking.

For safety reasons, riding in a taxi or using a rideshare service with a child should be avoided, except in an emergency, unless you are able to secure the child in a safety seat.

Riding in a taxi or using a rideshare service with children under 16 years of age

If you ride in this type of vehicle with children under 16 years of age, make sure they fasten their seat belts. If they don't, you will be the one to receive the fine and 3 demerit points—not the qualified driver!

Once they turn 14, passengers could be fined and the demerit points entered on their driving record.

Last update: June  3, 2022