In 2013, new laws were introduced in the Northern Territory to provide maximum protection for children travelling in vehicles and bring NT regulations in line with the passenger safety standards of others states and territories in Australia. Appropriately restraining children of different ages is now clearly defined and Territory children will be safer on our roads.
As of 1 February 2013, drivers must ensure:
- Infants up to six months are restrained in an approved rearward-facing child restraint;
- Children aged between six months and four years are seated in an approved rearward or forward-facing child restraint;
- Children from the age of four to seven years are seated in an approved forward-facing child safety seat or booster seat;
If the vehicle has two or more rows of seats:
- Children under the age of four are seated in the rear of the vehicle; and
- Children from the age of four to seven years are only seated in the front of the vehicle if all rear seats are already occupied by younger children.
Penalty: Any driver (exemptions apply) not complying with the new child restraint laws will incur a $500 fine and 3 demerit points for each passenger not restrained appropriately.
For further information check the NT Department of Transport website.