On 4 November 2009, NSW Premier Nathan Rees and the Minister for Transport David Campbell announced the introduction of new child restraint laws for children up to seven years of age to take effect from March 01, 2010.
Summary of changes
- Children younger than six months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.
- Children aged six months to under four years of age must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint.
- Children aged four years to under seven years must be secured in forward facing child restraint or a booster seat.
- Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
- Children aged four years to under seven years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in a child restraint or booster seat.
What does this mean for Park & Fly clients?
Park & Fly management and staff believe it is extremely important that both you and your children arrive at your destination both safely and legally. We have two (2) designated vehicles that have Type B-Forward Facing child restraints installed. They are professionally fitted from a certified child restraint fitter; however these vehicles are subject to availability at the time of departure/arrival.
Unfortunately Park & Fly is unable to supply suitable Type A-1 rearward facing restraints and therefore by law will not be able to transport children that are under one (1) year of age to or from the airport terminals. After consultation with the RTA and NSW Police in respect to the transit of children, Park & Fly have issued the following policy:
- All Children under seven (7) years of age must be restrained in a suitable and approved child restraint.
- Under no circumstances can children under 12 months of age travel in the Park & Fly shuttle vans.
- Children over the age of 1 year but under the age of 4 years (weighing between 8kg’s to 18kgs), that can sit upright unaided will need to be seated within the anchored forward facing safety restraints that are professionally fitted within the Park & Fly designated vehicle.
- Children over 4 years of age and under 7 years of age that are too big for the forward facing restraints need to be seated in a booster seat. Booster seats are used with an adult lap/sash seatbelt. The seatbelt must be correctly adjusted to protect the child in the instance of a crash.
- Booster seats are to be fitted, properly fastened and adjusted by the guardian.
- Booster seats are not be used with a ‘lap-sash only’ seat belt.
- Park & Fly cannot guarantee the availability of a booster seat in the shuttle vans immediately, but will endeavour to provide one if required.
- Park & Fly accept no responsibility for passengers that provide false information regarding the age of their children.
- No child is to travel in the front seat of a shuttle van
*This policy does not alter any of our standard car park terms and conditions. This policy also does not expect our drivers to change their level of responsibility and ‘duty of care’ beyond that implied by NSW driving laws.
Park & Fly Management
Types of restraints
Different types of child restraints are designed to accommodate children of specific sizes. In general terms, these sizes equate to the ages of typical children. It is important when choosing a child restraint that it is appropriate for its size. This may not necessarily match the child’s age group especially if they are bigger or smaller but it is a good gauge.
Type A1-Rearward Facing
Rearward facing restraints are for babies weighing up to 9kgs (or 12kg, depending on the maker of the restraint) or approximately 6 months of age. Often called capsules, these restraints utilise a harness system to secure the baby. The restraint is held in place by a seatbelt and a top tether strap. The seat faces rearward and incorporates a six-point harness.
Type B-Forward Facing
Forward facing restraints are designed for young children who weigh from 8kgs to 18kgs, or approximately 6 months to 4 years old. The restraint is held in place by a seatbelt and a top tether strap. The seat faces forward and incorporates a six-point harness.
* Note: Forward facing restraints can only be used for children aged more than six months of age.
Type E-Booster Seat?
Booster seats are suitable for children between 14kgs and 26kgs or approximately 4 to 7 years old.
Booster seats have high backs and sides to provide protection for children in side impact crashes as well as providing support for when they are sleeping. They are suitable for children from around four years of age up to age seven years of age. Booster seats are used with an adult lap/sash seatbelt. The seatbelt must be correctly adjusted to protect the child in the instance of a crash.