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Children In On-Demand Transport

years or younger children are recommended to be supervised by adults while riding bicycles.

children are killed or seriously injured each year when the vehicle they are travelling in is involved in crash.

year old or younger child can be held on lap of a person aged 16 or more.

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Taxis and rideshare

  • Drivers of taxis and rideshare services must ensure that children aged between 1 and 7 years are restrained in standard seatbelts that are properly adjusted and securely fastened to the best extent possible given the height and weight of the passenger.
  • There is no requirement for children aged between 1 and 7 years to be secured in a child car restraint while travelling in taxis or rideshare vehicles, however the appropriate restraint for the child’s height and weight is the safest option.
  • A child aged less than 1 year can be held on the lap of a parent or caregiver aged 16 years or over while travelling in a taxi or rideshare vehicle, but cannot share the seatbelt.


Bus drivers are not required to ensure that passengers aged under 16 years are restrained. Under the Road Traffic Code 2000, a bus is defined as a motor vehicle, built mainly to carry people, which seats 13 adults and over (including the driver).

Nonetheless, it is recommended that seatbelts are used when available and are properly adjusted and fitted to the best extent possible.

If the vehicle involved is designed to carry 12 adults or less (including the driver) it is not classed as a bus and the driver is required to ensure that all passengers are appropriately restrained.

The driver is responsible for ensuring passengers aged one to seven are:
  •  restrained with standard seatbelts that are properly adjusted; and
  • securely fastened to the best extent possible given the height and weight of the passengers.

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.