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Seatbelt laws, rules & penalties

Motor vehicle drivers and passengers must sit in a seat that has a seatbelt available and they must have the seatbelt fastened and worn correctly.  Passengers are not allowed to travel in the back of trucks, utes or panel vans, unless there are approved seatbelts provided.

The information available on our website provides a simple interpretation of the law and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Full details of traffic offences and penalties are contained in the Road Traffic Code 2000.

Child car restraints:

The age and height of a child should be taken into consideration when choosing the appropriate car restraint for your child. Avoid old or worn restraints, that are more than 10 years old or have previously been in a crash. And ensure your child car restraint has been correctly installed in your vehicle. To learn more, visit our child car restraints page.

Unrestrained Driver$5504
with 1 unrestrained passenger$6004
with 2 unrestrained passengers$7004
with 3 unrestrained passengers$8004
with 4 or more unrestrained passengers$9004
Restrained Driver
with 1 unrestrained passenger$5504
with 2 unrestrained passengers$6004
with 3 unrestrained passengers$7004
with 4 or more unrestrained passengers$8004
Other Driver Offences
Driver not ensuring child under 7 years is suitably restrained$5504
Driver allowing passenger in open utes, etc.$5504
Passenger Offences
Unrestrained passenger over the age 16$5500
Passenger riding in open utes, etc.$5500


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.