New requirement for child restraints

Posted by Ministry of Transport on 28 June 2013

Associate Transport Minister Woodhouse has signed the amendment to the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 to increase the mandatory requirement for child restraint use to child passengers aged up to seven years. 

The Rule amendment also:

  • extends the current provision that allows a child not to use a child restraint, for medical reasons, to all children under five
  • removes the exception for a driver of a goods vehicle having an unladen weight exceeding 2000 kg, in which seatbelts are not available, from ensuring that passengers under five years of age are restrained

The changes will come into force on 1 November which means parents and caregivers have just over four months to purchase appropriate child restraints for children who may have stopped using them.

The NZ Transport Agency will work with its child safety partners to promote the changes to parents and caregivers. You can find more information on the NZ Transport Agency’s website.

Read Minister Woodhouse’s media statement.

Considering regulatory interventions and education to improve restraint use was an action in the Safer Journeys Action Plan 2011-2012.

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