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					REMOTE HEALTH ATLAS – Section 22: VEHICLES                                    SAFETY RESTRAINTS IN VEHICLES




                      SAFETY RESTRAINTS IN VEHICLES


1.          General Information
Drivers of DHF vehicles are responsible for ensuring that all passengers travelling in
departmental vehicles are appropriately restrained.
In accordance with the Traffic Regulations, Part 2, Division 1:
A person must not drive a vehicle:
   - with a child under the age of 12 months in the vehicle unless the child is restrained
      in an approved child restraint,
   - with a child over the age of 12 months and under the age of 16 years in the vehicle
      unless the child is restrained by a seat belt,
   - with a person over the age of 16 years unless the person is restrained by a seat
      belt.
Vehicles used to carry children less than twelve months of age must have correctly installed
approved child restraints.
A condition of the carriage of passengers within RHB vehicles is the use of safety restraints.
Drivers of RHB vehicles are responsible for ensuring that all passengers travelling in vehicles
are appropriately restrained. The number of passengers within a vehicle should not exceed the
number of safety restraints.
It is important to note that under current legislation the driver of a vehicle is held responsible to
ensure that passengers are appropriately restrained within the vehicle. NT Fleet policy states
that employees are “responsible to maintain up-to-date knowledge of and obey the laws and
associated regulations and by-laws of the Northern Territory as they relate to driving or being
in charge of a motor vehicle.” The driver is therefore responsible to pay all fines incurred while
the vehicle was in their use.

2.          Definitions
Approved Child Restraint: a device for restraining a child under the age of 12 months
complying with Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754:2004 Child Restraints in Motor Vehicles.
Standard Vehicle: a vehicle provided with child restraint anchor points fitted at the time of
manufacture and requires no modification.

3.          Responsibilities
3.1         Drivers of DHF Vehicles
      Ensure that passengers within the vehicle utilise appropriate safety restraints
      Ensure child restraints are secured in vehicles in accordance with manufacturer and RHB
       recommendations
      Ensure that passengers on stretchers are appropriately restrained
3.2         Primary Health Care Manager (PHCM)
      Promote the use of safety restraints within vehicles by all staff members
      Ensure safety restraints are regularly inspected and maintained in a safe working condition
3.3         Management Team
      Ensure that staff are provided with appropriate training in the correct use of safety
       restraints


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3.4         CA Remote Health Fleet Officer / TE Team Leader Transport
      Coordinate the installation of child restraint fixtures and anchor points in new vehicles
      Perform safety inspections on harnesses, seat belts and fixtures to assess replacement
       needs during vehicle exchanges
      Coordinate the purchase and supply of replacement seat belts

4.          Procedure
4.1         Using Safety Restraints – Staff Familiarisation
Remote Health staff must be familiar with the correct fitting and use of restraints in DHF
vehicles, and utilise these restraints in routine use of vehicles. In particular this includes the:
    -    routine use of seat belts for all passengers over 12 months
    -    use of child restraints in standard vehicles
    -    use of child restraints in Toyota Troop Carriers
    -    use of restraints on emergency vehicle stretchers for individuals, or where required
         the use of a child restraint
Instruction and information about the correct fitting and use of child restraints is to be provided
to RHB staff during orientation, however staff must adhere to expected use regardless of
orientation received.
A tutorial Safety Restraints in Vehicles (Powerpoint approximately 61MB) or PDF format
(1.3MB) is available for self directed learning.
The Powerpoint tutorial (approximately 61Mb) is also available on CD ROM – available from the
Professional Practice Team.
4.2         Use of Safety Restraints during Emergencies
When RHB emergency vehicles are in use during an emergency an exemption from the
requirement to restrain passengers is allowed under Australian Road Rules Part 16, Rule 267
(5). RHB recommends however, that even in an emergency situation passengers should be
advised to use safety restraints whenever practical.
4.3         Child Restraint Equipment
The make and model of child restraints for use in RHB vehicles is determined by RHB in
accordance with Australian Safety Standards and to ensure equipment compatibility.
Brackets, fixtures and the configuration of anchor points for fitting child restraints are managed
by Transport Officers with approval by the Department of Transport and Works and the NT
Motor Registry Authority.
4.4         Installation of Child Restraint Fixtures
Standard vehicles are installed with fixtures for child restraints at the time of manufacture. The
fitting of child restraints within these vehicles is to be in accordance with manufacturer
recommendations. For further information, see the Britax website for how to install the Galaxy
Classic child seat in a standard vehicle.
 RHB provides a standard for the installation of fixtures and anchor points for child restraints
specifically for the troop carrier style vehicle that has been approved by the Department of
Transport and Works and NT Motor Registry Authority. Installation of fixtures and anchor
points must be in accordance with the instruction: Installing Fixtures and Anchor Points –
Toyota Troop Carrier.
The recent introduction of new legislation requiring the safe restraint of children under the age
of 12 months in child restraints requires the modification of the troop carrier style vehicles
currently in remote locations. As an interim arrangement the installation of fixtures or anchor
points to troop carrier style vehicles can be undertaken at local mechanical workshops should
the option of accessing authorised fitters of child restraints not be available. As vehicles are
replaced these fixtures will be fitted as a standard in RHB vehicles by the Fleet Officer / Team

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Leader Transport prior to dispatch.
4.5      Maintaining Safety Restraint Equipment
Seat belts, harnesses, metal fixtures and straps require monthly inspection for signs of wear
and tear. Seat belts, harnesses and strapping should be inspected for signs of cuts,
abrasions, frayed or broken stitching, and signs of oil, acid or alkaline contamination and
replaced if detected. Additionally if the vehicle has been involved in an accident, restraints in
use at the time of the accident require replacement.
Single pass buckles such as those used in waist straps need to be functioning correctly that is,
the buckle fastens correctly and allows for adjustment of the strap. If there is doubt regarding
the functionality of the equipment this should be discussed with the Transport Officer for
replacement by the supplier.
Metal fittings including the bracket used for fixing child seats in troop carriers are to be
inspected for wear, distortion, fractures and corrosion and replaced if any problems identified.
The monthly inspection of child seats and straps is required by Health Centre staff to ensure
the equipment is maintained to a safe standard, covers on the seats should be clean and well
fitting. See Vehicles Quality Returns.
Seat belts, harnesses or straps can be cleaned with soap and water and dried out of direct
sunlight.
Replacement of child seats and seat covers can be coordinated with the Professional Practice
Team to ensure appropriate items are purchased. New child seats will be provided with straps
for fitting within standard vehicles although additional seat belts are required for installation
within ‘troop carrier’ style vehicles.
4.6      Contact Details
                                                                Phone: 08 8951 7188
      Central Australian Remote Health Fleet Officer            Fax: 08 8942 6860
                                                                E-mail: fleetrecepcarh@nt.gov.au
                                                                Phone: 08 8922 7467
      Top End Remote Health Transport Officer                   Fax: 08 8922 7003
                                                                E-mail: basil.damaso@nt.gov.au
5.       Forms
Vehicles Quality Return Form
6.       References and Supporting Documents
Related Atlas Items:
         Emergency Vehicles                   Vehicles Quality Returns
Guidelines for the use of Child Restraints in Departmental Vehicles (POL)
07-17 Child Restraints in Vehicles - Communiqué
Installing Fixtures and Anchor Points – Toyota Troop Carrier Instructions
Safety Restraints in Vehicles – Self Directed Learning Presentation (Powerpoint 61MB)
Safety Restraints in Vehicles – Self Directed Learning Presentation (PDF format 1.3 MB)
NT Fleet Policy – Traffic Infringement Notices
Britax Website
NT Traffic Act and NT Traffic Regulations
NT Traffic Regulations – Schedule 3: Australian Road Rules (ARR document attached to
Traffic Regulations webpage)
To access the following standard go to Australian Standards Online Premium and search by
the standard number or name: AS/NZS 1754:2004 Child Restraints in Motor Vehicles


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               NT Fleet
 Endorsed by: Professional Practice Coordinator
 Release Date: June 2008                                   Next Review: January 2013

				
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