Important information on taxi driver seatbelt laws
Taxi drivers are over-represented in statistics of road users injured and killed as a result of not wearing a seat belt. Between 2000 and 2010 over 40 per cent of taxi drivers injured in a crash were not wearing a seat belt, compared to less than 2 per cent of all other injured drivers during the same period. This change could mean one less taxi driver a week is injured while working.
The same 11-year period saw four of the seven taxi drivers (57 per cent) killed behind the wheel not wearing a seatbelt.
How seatbelt use improves safety
Wearing a seatbelt doubles your chance of survival and reduces your risk of injury in a road crash.
Taxi drivers will also make their passengers safer by wearing a seatbelt. In a crash impacting on the driver’s side, an unrestrained driver can be thrown around the vehicle, injuring their front seat passenger.
Penalties for not wearing a seatbelt
The penalty for not wearing a seatbelt is a $298 fine and three demerit points.
Double demerits apply for seatbelt offences in Double demerit enforcement periods.
Penalties for passengers not wearing a seatbelt or child restraint in taxis
Taxi drivers are responsible for passengers under 16 years old to be properly restrained in a seatbelt or an approved child restraint. A baby under 12 months must be restrained in an approved child restraint.
Passengers aged 16 years and older travelling in a taxi who do not use an available seatbelt will be fined.
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