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There were two people in the front passenger seat of the car.
To clarify, there were two ("adult") individuals in the same seat wearing the same seat-belt and both were U.K. citizens and I am also an "adult" who is a U.K. citizen.

NOTE: Yes, I did go 5-15 MPH over the limit at one point or another.

I know this is reckless behaviour and that I shouldn't be doing such stupid things... So please don't lecture me over this.

I have a few questions on the matter:

  • How illegal is this? (I.E: is it as bad as a severe offence or a minor mis-demeanour)
  • What is the possibility of me getting caught?
  • If I'm caught what fines and / or penalties can I expect?
  • What's the absolute worst that could happen as a consequence of my actions?
  • Could it be possible for me to get away with a warning?
  • Could I get my licence revoked? (:/)

Thanks for the help.

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UK seat belt law is here.

What you were doing is illegal and carries a fine of £500.

As to your specific questions:

How illegal is this?

It is not a criminal offence in any way.

What is the possibility of me getting caught?

If a police officer notices you will almost certainly be booked. What is the possibility of being noticed? Depends where you are.

If I'm caught what fines and / or penalties can I expect?

£500

What's the absolute worst that could happen as a consequence of my actions?

You could crash and your passengers could die, you would then go to jail for dangerous driving occasioning death. Having 2 people in a seat belt is extremely hazardous - it would be far safer (but still illegal) to have one person in the seat belt and the other one unrestrained.

Could it be possible for me to get away with a warning?

No

Could I get my licence revoked? (:/)

Seat belts offences do not carry a points penalty so, of itself, it would not lead to loss of your licence.

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    I appreciate your "absolutely worst" response. I've given similar responses in real life to clients asking me questions like "what is the worst thing that can happen if I put a padlock on the emergency exit to my disco?" – ohwilleke Mar 28 '17 at 0:20
  • Actually, no. That's the second-to-worst consequence. The worst consequence is that everybody dies, you included. – The_Sympathizer Nov 18 '18 at 6:44

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