Understanding road laws
When children are prescribed special purpose car seats, modified Australian standard car seats, harnesses/vests, and other devices (e.g seatbelt buckle covers) there are specific road rules and vehicle standards that must be complied with in Western Australia.
The most common rules for Western Australia are summarised below.
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On 25 September 2020, Western Australia introduced new laws relating to transporting children (under 16 years) with disabilities and medical conditions in motor vehicles.
The law exempts a child with a disability or medical condition from travelling in an Australian standard car seat providing certain conditions are met.
The child is restrained in a device prescribed by a prescriber in accordance with AS/NZS 4370:2013 (a prescriber can be a medical practitioner, occupational therapist, psychologist, physiotherapist, rehabilitation engineer, or biomedical engineer)
The device is fitted in accordance with instructions in the Advice to Parent form
The driver is carrying a current Advice to Parent form
The driver (of the vehicle the child is travelling in) has a medical certificate certifying the child’s diagnosis as stated in the Advice to Parent form
Advice to Parent form
The Advice to Parent form, together with the medical certificate, must be carried by the driver in the vehicle the child is travelling in at all times.
Disclaimer: The Advice to Parent form is only for use by MACA trained professionals. MACA bears no responsibility for unauthorised use of this form.