No child restraint rules for taxis
YELLOW Cabs Warwick owner Nancy Miller wants to clear the air about the rules on child restraints for taxis – there aren’t any.
On March 11, the State Government introduced new regulations for child restraints.
However, taxis are exempt from the new rules and must only ensure that children between the ages of seven and 16 are properly restrained by a seatbelt. Those younger than seven are the responsibility of the parent.
However, Mrs Miller said there had been some confusion from customers.
“Taxi drivers don’t need to supply capsules,” Mrs Miller said.
“There is a lot of confusion at the moment – we just thought we’d clear the air.”
However, Mrs Miller said if passengers wished to supply their own restraints, the drivers would be happy to help.
She said there was just simply not the space available in the cabs for drivers to be carrying around the various restraints needed.
Also, under the new rules, a child under the age of seven must not be seated in the front row of seats in a taxi.
Drivers are also exempt from ensuring that a passenger aged 16 or more wears a seat belt.