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Child Restraints and Seatbelts

Child Restraints

All children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.

Hawkesbury City Council offers free child restraint check and fittings at various times throughout the year. Bookings are limited. For more details on this service follow Council’s Facebook page or call Council’s Customer Services team on telephone (02) 4560 4444 and ask for Council’s Road Safety Officer.

National child restraint laws state that children should be in an approved and secured child restraint until the age of seven.

If your child is too small for the child restraint specified for their age, they should be kept in their current child restraint until it is safe for them to move to the next level. If your child is too large for the child restraint specified for their age, they may move to the next level of child restraint.

For further information visit Child Car Seats

Seatbelts

Driver and all passengers in a vehicle must wear a correctly fitted and adjusted seatbelt. Although it has been compulsory to wear seatbelts in NSW since 1971, each year on average there are about 30 drivers and passengers killed and 220 injured who were not wearing available seatbelts*.

There are fines and penalties associated with not wearing a seatbelt. For further information visit Seatbelts

* Data sourced from Transport for NSW 2019, Centre for Road Safety website, NSW Government

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