Chief Minister Stanhope has announced the start of new laws on keeping the kids buckled up:
The laws require children to be seated in an Australian Safety Standard approved child restraint or booster seat, according to their age and size. They mandate that:
— babies up to six months must be secured in a rear facing capsule or restraint;
— children between six months and under four years must travel in a rear facing or forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness; and
— children between four years and under seven years must use a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness or a booster seat.
The laws also prohibit children under four years from sitting in the front seat of a car where rear seating is available. Children aged between four years and under seven years must not travel in the front seat unless all other seats in the car are being used by children under seven years.
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There’s also an FAQ on the laws.