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NSW Seat Belt Laws

January 24, 2020 / Australia

Know the laws around seat belts and child restraints to help keep our communities safe.

NSW Seat Belt Laws

Under NSW law, the driver and the passengers of ridesharing vehicles and taxis must wear seat belts. Failure to do so may result in fines and demerit points for the driver, as well as fines for the passengers.

Drivers of ridesharing vehicles and taxis are also responsible for passengers under the age of 16 to be properly secured in seat belts or approved child car seats (see below).

Everyone wants to get from A to B safely, so please make sure that you follow the local law and buckle up!

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NSW Child Restraint Laws

Under the NSW Road Rules, any child under 7 years old transported in ridesharing vehicles is required to be secured in the correct child restraint. Different rules apply to taxis.
By age, the requirements are:

  • Age 0 – 6 months: Child must be secured in an approved rearward facing child restraint.
  • Age 6 months – 4 years: Child must be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
  • Age 4 – 7 years: Child must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat.

In cars with multiple rows of seats, such as front seats and back seats like with most vehicles on the Uber platform, children under 7 years old should not be in the front seats.

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