What’s the rule? Leaving children unattended in a vehicle 

RoyalAuto magazine

Is it OK to leave children in the car on a cool day while paying for petrol at a service station?

October 2018


The rule for leaving children unattended in any situation falls under the Children, Youth and Families Act (2005). The adult in charge needs to ensure reasonable supervision and care of a child, taking into account the circumstances of the situation.

The penalties for leaving a child unattended in a car in Victoria include a fine (currently $4030), or a maximum of six months’ imprisonment, or both.

To avoid the situation described above, the best advice is to do the petrol run when there aren’t children in the car.

Elvira Lazar, RACV manager, safety and education


For more details
on the Victorian Road Rules, go to racv.com.au/roadrules

Submit Road Rules questions to RoyalAuto, Level 9, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 or care@racv.com.au, including 'Road Rules Question’ in the subject line.

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