New laws covering the use of seatbelts and child safety
restraints have been introduced in NSW from 1/7/2010
Basically, all vehicles manufactured with seatbelt
anchorage points must have approved seat belts fitted to
those points and they must be used by the occupants of
the vehicle when it is on public roads.
If the vehicle pre-dates seatbelt introduction, then
seatbelts do not have to be fitted. Vehicles in this
category may have seatbelts fitted by an RMS approved
installer. This work on the vehicle may need the
certification of an RMS approved VSCCS Engineer to
If you wish to carry a child under 6 months of age in
ANY vehicle, that child must be restrained in an
approved, rear-facing child safety capsule, located in
the rear seat and anchored by a lap/sash seatbelt in
compliance with the capsule manufacturer’s instructions.
From 6 months to 7 years of age children must be in an
approved child safety capsule, seat or booster, which
can face forward or rearwards. They must be restrained
in an approved lap/sash seatbelt or child harness fitted
to a lap-type seatbelt. All children under 7 years old
must be in the rear seat unless all
positions in that rear seat are already taken by other
children who are under 7 years old. Then, they may be
located in the front passenger seat, again in an
approved child seat and lap/sash seatbelt.
Children from 7 to 16 years old have other requirements
regarding their use of seatbelts as well. This is
covered in the legislation.
We are advised that the fitment of seatbelts does not
prevent the vehicle being registered on HVS by an RMS
The CMC strongly recommends that, if you are intending
to carry children in your older vehicle you should take
a good look at the RMS website.
This will ensure that you understand the new rules. The
above details are presented to you as a guide only.
You are responsible for compliance with the RMS rules as
set out in the legislation.
All of this means that if you choose to NOT fit
seatbelts to your older vehicle for reasons of
authenticity or impracticality, then you CANNOT carry
very young children in that vehicle. Technically that
would include parades and the like, no matter how slow
you travel, as they are usually held on public roads.
The fine is substantial and a loss of demerit points for
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