In Russia, what is a polite way to ask a taxi driver for a seatbelt. Most of them don't wear seatbelts and don't expect their passengers too. Is it acceptable to refuse to pay/ride the taxi for no seatbelts without a cancellation fee?

To clarify, I want to wear a seatbelt, but sometimes they are refused to be provided.

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    Do you want the taxi driver to wear a seatbelt or just yourself? – Ian Aug 29 '19 at 10:28
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    @Ian Just myself for safety, sometimes they can refuse to provide them – user89966 Aug 29 '19 at 10:28
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    How can a taxi driver refuse to provide seat belts? Either they are installed or not, right? – Ian Aug 29 '19 at 10:34
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    @Ian covered by a cloth which he says you can't take off – user89966 Aug 29 '19 at 10:35
  • Taxi drivers are, at least in the Netherlands, allowed to drive without seatbelts, for safety reasons. – Willeke Aug 29 '19 at 16:31

If you're in a taxi and there's no seatbelts, you're definitely in a wrong kind of taxi. Better not board anything like that.

This is after we exclude small remote towns where it's still not uncommon. As a rule you can expect taxi car to be in reasonable condition, and this includes seat belts for all passengers.

Sometimes for the seats in a back, seat belts may not be easily accessible. You will have to dig them out of the seat, or just ride in the front seat. It's a preferred option in Russia anyway.

Obviously if you're unhappy about your taxi and you hailed it via app or phone, you can use the same app/phone to cancel your ride and complain.

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