What does the recent rule change for seatbelts mean for children being transported in OSCAR services?
You may be aware of the rule change concerning seat belt and restraint requirements for children traveling in motor vehicles. The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has issued guidelines regarding the changes. The overall intention of the rule change is to help reduce preventable deaths and serious injuries to children traveling in vehicles.
If you transport children (excluding the use of buses, taxis and other passenger service vehicles) there are significant changes to the regulations and we recommend that you read the full information on the rule change, as well as the clarifications below.
We would estimate that about 25% of OSCAR services provide some form of transport service. While some OSCAR services have their own fully licensed mini-buses, which qualify as PSVs, many of the services who transport children do not.
We offer this brief snapshot of the rule change in order to draw attention to its general impact. Please refer to the more specific guidance at the link above.
Further reading: “The OSCAR Drivers Handbook”
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