Driver and passenger restraints
Everyone travelling in a motor vehicle needs to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt. It’s the driver’s responsibility to ensure:
- there’s only one person sitting in each seat
- no one is sharing a seatbelt
- all passengers are wearing their seatbelts correctly
- all children are safely secured.
While the rules don’t require you to wear a seatbelt when parked or reversing, RACV suggests you do.
Drivers can be booked for failing to ensure their passengers are safely restrained, but this doesn’t apply to a bus driver or a taxi with passengers over 16 years old.
For more information, see the VicRoads website.
Children and safety restraints
Anyone travelling in a car with a child under the age of seven must ensure the child is in an approved, properly fitted and appropriate child restraint.
The type of restraint to use for your child depends on their size and age. Here are the different types at a glance:
- Birth to 6 months: rearward facing restraint.
- 6 months to 4 years: rearward or forward facing restraint.
- 4 to 7 years: forward facing restraint or booster seat.
- Older than 7 years: booster seat or adult seatbelt.
We provide more in-depth information on this topic in our Child Safety section.
Wearing a seatbelt while pregnant
It’s important that you always wear a seatbelt throughout your pregnancy. It protects you and your unborn baby in the event of a crash. If a seatbelt is worn properly there’s very little pressure on your stomach.
Correctly and comfortably wear a seatbelt by:
- Placing the lap part of the belt under your baby and low over your upper thighs.
- Adjusting the angle of the seatbelt using the seatbelt locator.
- Placing the sash part of the belt in between your breasts.
Not wearing a seatbelt is illegal unless a medical practitioner exempts you from wearing one.