As a kid, I couldn’t wait to be allowed to travel in the front seat of a car. But even though it was the 80s, my parents resisted for a long time.

 

Carseat photoIt’s obvious that the backseat is the safest place for a child to travel. In any case, there are laws in Victoria about where children can sit when travelling in a vehicle.

The law in Victoria is as follows:

–  a child under the age of 4 years must not travel in the front seat of a car

– a child between 4 – 7 years of age can only travel in the front seat of a car if all of the back seats are taken by passengers under the age of 7 years and s/he is sitting in a booster seat,

– a child aged 7 years and above can travel in the front seat.

Technically, any child aged 7  years or over can travel without a booster seat in either the back or the front seat of a car but given an adult lap-sash seatbelt is designed for people with a minimum height of 145cm, a booster seat is preferable to prevent serious abdominal and chest injuries in a crash.

It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that these rules are complied with or s/he can be fined.

These rules don’t apply when travelling in a taxi. Go figure.