For our end of the year Australia & NZ cruise, we are exploring the option of renting a car for self-drive during the port visits. These may include ports like Hobart, Tasmania & Tauranga, NZ.
My kids would be 6+ and 7+.
A quick check on car seat laws suggest that the car seat laws are very strict in Australia, but not so in NZ.
Apparently,Australia's law specifys:
Infants under 6 months old
: must be restrained in a rear facing restraint.
Children 6 months to 4 years old
: must be restrained in rear or forward facing restraint.
Children 4 to 7 years old
: must be in a forward facing restraint or booster.
An approved restraint is one that meets AS/NZS 1754 standard, this is Australia's "5 Tick" standard. No other standards are accepted in Australia, it is an offence to sell, or offer for sale, a child restraint or part of a child restraint for use in a motor vehicle if it is not approved as described above.
Does the above mean that my 2 kids would need to be an approved child restraint or booster even in a rental car?
I know that there is a rigorous certification process for car seats. What about boosters? I ask this to find out if we can bring our booster seats from Singapore.
In New Zealand, the laws appear to be less strict -
New Zealand's child restraint law
The back seat is the safest place for children under 12 years of age.
place a rear facing seat in the front with an airbag, serious injury or death could occur in an accident.
Only put forward facing child in the front seat (under the age of 12 years) when the back seat has no spare seats. Move the passenger seat back as far as possible and restrain the child correctly according to your child's weight and height. If the back seat is available use it at all times.
Children under 5 years old
Children 5 to 7 years old
- Must be properly restrained by an approved child restraint.
- They must not travel in the car if you can't put them in an approved child restraint.
- Must be properly restrained in an approved child restraint.
Children 8 to 14 years old
- Must use a child restraint if available
- If there is no child restraint available, the child must use a safety belt if available
- If there is no safety belt available the child must be in the back seat.
- Must use safety belts if available
- If there is no safety belt available, the child must be in the back seat.
From the above, it appears that my kids just need to be in the back seat, and have the safety belt on. Boosters are not required.
Is my interpretation correct?