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… with good reason.
As the law currently stands in Victoria, 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 this is not to be recommended. An adult lap-sash seatbelt is designed for people with a minimum height of 145 cm, therefore in order to prevent children from sustaining serious abdominal and chest injuries in a crash, a booster seat should be used.
If you’ve wondered where the safest seat to travel in a car is, or what the law says about where children can sit when travelling in a vehicle in Victoria, then VicRoads has a helpful section of their website setting out the current rules and restrictions and giving safety tips. For example, in Victoria:
– 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.
It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that these rules are complied with or s/he can be fined.