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New rules when driving kids

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As grandparents, we don’t necessarily keep up with laws relating to the grandchildren.  So heed this notice about new laws governing having the littlies in the car.

Starting 9 November 2009, children under seven years of age must wear a child restraint or booster seat when travelling in a car for improved safety.

The type of restraint will depend on the age of the child as follows:

  • Children aged under six months must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear facing child restraint
  • Children aged between six months and under four years must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear facing child restraint OR a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness
  • Children aged between four years and under seven must wear an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness OR an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened.

There are also new laws for 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 restraint or booster seat.

Parents and carers are encouraged to start preparing for these changes now so they are ready for when the new rules come into effect on 9 November 2009.

Find out more about the New rules for using child restraints and booster seats.

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Written by Greg Naylor

2 June 2009 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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