Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.215
Exemptions from safety belt requirements


ORS 811.210 (Failure to properly use safety belts) does not apply to:

(1)

Privately owned commercial vehicles that are being used for the transportation of persons for compensation or profit. The exemption in this subsection does not apply to any of the following:

(a)

Motor carriers, as defined in ORS 825.005 (Definitions), when operating in interstate commerce.

(b)

Vehicles designed and used for the transportation of 15 or fewer persons, including the driver, except that the operator of a vehicle described in this paragraph is not required to:

(A)

Be properly secured with a safety belt or safety harness as required by ORS 811.210 (Failure to properly use safety belts) if the operator is a taxicab operator; or

(B)

Ensure that a passenger is properly secured with a child safety system as described in ORS 811.210 (Failure to properly use safety belts) (2)(a), (b) or (c).

(2)

Any vehicle not required to be equipped with safety belts or safety harnesses at the time the vehicle was manufactured, unless safety belts or safety harnesses have been installed in the vehicle.

(3)

Any vehicle exempted by ORS 815.080 (Providing safety belt, harness or child safety system that does not comply with standards) from requirements to be equipped upon sale with safety belts or safety harnesses.

(4)

Any person for whom a certificate is issued by the Department of Transportation under ORS 811.220 (Certificates of exemption from safety belt requirement).

(5)

Any person who is a passenger in a vehicle if all seating positions in the vehicle are occupied by other persons.

(6)

Any person who is being transported while in the custody of a police officer or any law enforcement agency.

(7)

Any person who is driving a vehicle while on a newspaper or mail route for the purpose of and while actually engaged in delivering newspapers or mail in the regular course of work.

(8)

Any person who is riding in an ambulance for the purpose of administering medical aid to another person in the ambulance, if being secured by a safety belt or safety harness would substantially inhibit the administration of medical aid.

(9)

Any person who is reading utility meters in the regular course of work.

(10)

Any person who is employed to operate a vehicle owned by a mass transit district while the vehicle is being used for the transportation of passengers in the public transportation system of the district.

(11)

Any person who is collecting solid waste or recyclable materials in the regular course of work.

(12)

Any person who is employed to operate a vehicle owned by a tribal government public transportation system while the vehicle is being used for the transportation of passengers in the public transportation system of the tribal government. [1985 c.619 §3; 1987 c.138 §3; 1991 c.2 §2; 1997 c.509 §3; 1999 c.1057 §4; 2003 c.589 §5; 2005 c.244 §1; 2005 c.770 §8; 2007 c.200 §1; 2007 c.601 §3; 2018 c.93 §37; 2019 c.398 §1]
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See also annotations under ORS chapter 483 in permanent edition.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

A party in violation of a motor vehicle statute is negligent as a matter of law unless he introduces evidence from which the trier of fact could find that he was acting as a reasonably prudent person under the circumstances. Barnum v. Williams, 264 Or 71, 504 P2d 122 (1972)

Law Review Citations

Under Former Similar Statute

10 WLJ 207 (1974)


Source

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Jun. 26, 2021