Royal family's SUVs apparently don't have seatbelt alarms
Land Rovers for royals have their seatbelt alarms turned off to make it easier to drive without one, it was claimed.
Queen Elizabeth, 92, and Prince Philip, 97, were recently spotted without seatbelts on.
Road safety charities slammed the move as “very disappointing and disrespectful.”
The Queen sparked controversy after it was claimed her Land Rover had its seatbelt alarm turned off by request.
Prince Philip’s vehicle also reportedly has the vital safety feature deactivated to the fury of road safety campaigners.
A source said Jaguar Land Rover was instructed to disable the seatbelt alarm on vehicles supplied to the royals.
They went on: “It’s so that the driver doesn’t have the continuous warning beeps if they don’t wear a seatbelt.”
It is mandatory to wear seatbelts under UK law unless a doctor provides a medical exemption.
The Queen, 92, was seen arriving at an event on Friday in the back seat without one — along with her lady-in-waiting — though the driver wore his.
Philip, 97, also drove a Land Rover without a belt — two days after his 4×4 overturned in a crash which injured two last week.
Road campaigners said he was “disrespecting” the public and had to wear one — even if the alarm is turned off.
British Safety Council chairman Lawrence Waterman blasted: “It’s not as if it’s onerous or difficult — and the law requires it. Obviously, these safety devices are a helpful reminder and I’m very disappointed as I do feel the royals should be setting a better example.”
“Whether or not the device was working, Prince Philip should be wearing a seatbelt. He’s old enough to know what he should be doing and frankly I feel he’s showing a disrespectful attitude to the rest of us. People in a position of public influence who flout the law send the wrong message.”
Joshua Harris, director at road safety charity Brake, said: “Not wearing a seatbelt flies in the face of decades of evidence and puts your life at risk.”
“Seatbelt reminders are vital to get people to remember to buckle up and keep themselves safe and within the law – we would never recommend disabling these devices unless related to a valid exemption.”
“Simply put, seatbelts save lives, are required to be worn by law and you can face a hefty fine if you’re caught not wearing one.”
It is not illegal to disable the seatbelt warning feature.
A spokesman for Jaguar Land Rover referred us to Buckingham Palace, who refused to comment.