Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motorhomes in Australia

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For those preparing their vehicle to be rented out and those planning their holiday in a motorhome hire through SHAREaCAMPER, your priority and ours, is that the vehicle meets the Australian safety requirements. We’ve put together some key standards to take into account as you get your vehicle up to scratch or as you find the right campervan for your adventure with SHAREaCAMPER.

Seats and seat belts:

According to the Australian Design Rules, which all vehicles made since 1989 are subject to, a motorhome is required to have at least one designated seat per sleeping berth. It is advised that these seats should be forward facing and positioned near the front of the vehicle for optimum safety. A designated seat must be fitted with a certified seat belt.

If the seat is designed to be adjusted and change directions, it is required that it be capable of locking in the position where the chair’s seat belt can be fastened correctly. When modifying or installing seats, ensure an Approved Vehicle Examiner (AVE) certifies them.

Three considerations when checking seat belts:

  1. Seats that were a part of the original vehicle do not require seatbelts to be changed or added, however as mentioned above, all designated seats must have seat belts fitted.
  1. Seat belts must be certified to current standards if an existing seat is moved or a new one added. If you are to replace an old seatbelt, it must also go through the certification process by an AVE.
  1. Non-designated seats cannot have seatbelts fitted.

Child Restraints

When it comes to child restraints, there are some very specific standards that must be met before children are transported in the vehicle. Be sure to check that the anchorage you install is compatible with the child restraint you plan to use.

From birth to 9kg, a baby restraint or rear-facing capsule with an ‘Australian Standard’ sign must be used.
These seats have individual belts and require specific anchorage to the motorhome.

For ages 6 months to 7 years, children require a child restraint of Australian standard, which will take the form of a baby seat or booster seat, depending on the age and size of the child. Most of these seats will also require the correct anchorage to be in place.
Not all motorhomes come with this anchorage and it must therefore be installed separately.

Take note that in the state of Queensland, it is a requirement that an AVE certifies the installed child restraint anchorage, before being used.

Extra tips:

  1. Owners, it is important that you make travellers aware of any seats that are not designated and do not have seat belts so that they can choose the vehicle that is right for their travelling group size.
  1. Child or booster seats are not recommended in the rear facing seats of any vehicle.
  1. Research the transport regulations for your state. While the majority of regulations fall under the Australian Design Rules, some states have specific requirements on top of those.

Source: Child Restraint Guidelines in Motorhomes – Keeping children as safe as possible

If you would like to rent out your motorhome or if you would like to hire one for your next vacation go to www.shareacamper.com to find out more, or contact one of our local offices.

Contact our New Zealand team
via email: info@shareacamper.com
or give us a call: +64 (0)3 668 1211
www.shareacamper.co.nz
Contact our Australian team
via email: info@shareacamper.com
or give us a call: +61 (0)2 8880 9065
www.shareacamper.com.au

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