When you move to a new state in Australia, or are coming from overseas, there are always going to be some different regulations and laws that you need to be aware of.
One of those, which is a little different to some other parts of the country, is regarding children travelling in cars.
All children travelling in a car must be in a suitable child safety restraint until they reach their seventh birthday. Failure to do this will result in a fine and loss of points from your licence.
From 30 November 2010 all children under seven years of age must wear an approved child restraint that is properly fastened and adjusted when travelling in a car for improved safety. The type of restraint will depend on the age of the child as follows:
- under the age of six months: to be restrained in an approved rearward facing child restraint (e.g. infant capsule)
- from six months to less than the age of four: to be restrained in either an approved rearward facing child restraint or an approved forward facing child restraint with inbuilt harness (e.g. child safety seat)
There are also new laws about where children can sit in vehicles.
- If a car has two or more rows of seats, then children under four years must not travel in the front seat.
- If all seats, other than the front seats, are being used by children under seven years, children aged between four and six years (inclusive) may travel in the front seat, provided they use an approved child restraint or booster seat.
From 30 November 2010, children aged four years to less than the age of seven must be restrained in either an approved forward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat restrained by a correctly adjusted and fastened seatbelt.
For more information, including a guide to selecting the correct child safety restraint and penalties for not doing so, please visit the Tasmanian Government transport web page on this topic.