I'm aware that wearing a seatbelt has been mandatory in the UK for many years now, but are seat belt warning alarms mandatory, and if so is there any requirement that they be both visual and auditory?
I spend a lot of time making frequent/short journeys on private land and have deliberately disabled the seat belt warning buzzer in my car. (the flashing light still comes on, but the annoying buzzer is now silenced).
I regularly take my car to the dealer for servicing/MOT and every time it comes back with the annoying beeping turned back on. I then spend ages working out how to turn it back off again (through an esoteric combination of turning the ignition on/off in conjunction with pressing various buttons and switching the lights)
I've spoken to the dealership and they claim that the alarm is a legal requirement, and they have to fix it (and charge me for it) before they can allow the car to leave their premises.
I think they're deliberately confusing company policy with legal requirement.
My questions are...
- Is a seat-belt warning alarm legally mandatory?
- If so, does a garage have to switch it back on if it's been disabled?
- If an alert is mandatory, does it have to be both a flashing light and a buzzer? Is a flashing light on it's own enough to qualify as an alert - in which case what's wrong with me turning the buzzer off?