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ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2017 - REG 265

Wearing of seatbelts by passengers 16 years old, or older

    (1)     A passenger who is 16 years old or older and is in or on a motor vehicle that is moving, or that is stationary but not parked, must—

        (a)     occupy a seating position that is fitted with an approved seatbelt; and

        (b)     wear the seatbelt; and

        (c)     not occupy the same seating position as another passenger (whether or not the other passenger is exempt from wearing a seat belt under rule 267, 267A, 267B or 267C).

Penalty:     10 penalty units.

Note

Motor vehicle is defined in the Road Safety Act 1986 . Approved seatbelt and park are defined in the dictionary.

    (2)     Subrules (1)(a) and (b) do not apply if the passenger is exempt from wearing a seatbelt under  rule 267, 267A, 267B or 267C.

    (3)     Subrule (1)(c) does not apply to a passenger in a bus, public minibus, taxi or tow truck who has a child who is less than one year old seated in the passenger's lap if—

        (a)     no suitable approved child restraint is fitted and available for use; and

        (b)     where the bus, public minibus, taxi or tow truck has 2 or more rows of seats—the passenger is not in the front row of seats; and

        (c)     in the case of a tow truck—the passenger was an occupant in another motor vehicle that is being or has been towed by that tow truck and the passenger is accompanying the driver of the tow truck—

              (i)     while the vehicle is being towed; or

              (ii)     after the vehicle has been towed, for the purpose of being driven to the passenger's home or other convenient place.

    (4)     The driver of a motor vehicle (except a bus, public minibus or taxi) that is moving, or is stationary but not parked, must ensure that each passenger in or on the vehicle who is 16 years old or older complies with this rule.

Penalty:     10 penalty units.

Note

Bus and motor vehicle are defined in the Road Safety Act 1986 . Park , public minibus and taxi are defined in the dictionary.



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