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New Child Car Restraint Laws From 1 February 2013 the NT will have new child car restraint laws. What are the new laws? The new child restraint laws in the Northern Territory are based on the Australian Road Rules and national model legislation. All children under 7 years of age must be secured in an approved child restraint or booster seat when travelling in a vehicle. The type of the restraint depends on the age of the child: Babies under 6 months of age must be restrained in a rear facing restraint (e.g. baby capsule). Children between 6 months and under 4 years of age must be restrained in a rear facing or forward facing restraint. Children from 4 years to under 7 years of age must be restrained in a forward facing restraint or booster seat. Children 7 years of age and over must be restrained in an adult seatbelt or a booster seat. There are also laws about where children can sit in the vehicle: Children under 4 years of age must not be in the front row of a vehicle with two or more rows. Children from 4 to under 7 years of age can only sit in the front row of a vehicle with two or more rows when all other seats are occupied by children of a lesser age in an approved child restraint. The ages specified above are a guide for the safety of your child. If your child is too small for a restraint specified for their age, they should be kept in their current restraint for as long as necessary. If your child is too large for a restraint specified for their age, they should move to the next level of restraint. Penalty: $500 (includes $20 Victims of Crime Where can I get more information? Kidsafe NT www.kidsafent.com.au Ph: (08) 8985 1085 Automobile Association of the NT (AANT) www.aant.com.au Ph: 08 8925 5901 Department of Transport, Road Safety www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au Ph: 1800 720 144 Department of Transport, Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Source: www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au Page 7 JANUARY 2013 Community No ces Source: Willys Autos Source : Val R