Proposed new Road User Rule for child restraints
The NZ Transport Agency has consulted on an amendment to the Road User Rule aimed at improving the safety of children travelling in vehicles. The new Rule will now require children up to and including seven years old to be restrained in an appropriate child restraint (previously this was up to a child’s fifth birthday). This rule is proposed to come into effect on 1 November 2013.
There are some other minor changes associated with the proposed new rule. Further details and information can be found on www.nzta.govt.nz/consultation/child-restraints-amendment/index.html
Tips on child restraints
Always make sure your child is safely restrained when travelling in a vehicle. Here are some tips:
- The law requires that children under the age of five must be in an approved child restraint when travelling in a vehicle.
- If your car seat has a tether strap you are required by law to use it.
- Remember - the back seat is the safest place for your child.
- Over time, car seats become worn and unsafe - regularly check the condition of your car seat.
- All child restraints have an expiry date, make sure you check this before buying a seat.
- A booster seat is recommended until your child reaches 148cm in height.
To find more information on child restraints, check out the following websites:
- Plunket car seat rentals
- Safe Kids website
- New Zealand Transport Agency child restraints information
Booster Rooster and Buckle Bear
Tasman District Council has Buckle Bear and Booster Rooster initiatives that can be used in early learning centres and junior school classes to promote correct child restraint and booster seat use.