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is a car seat compulsory for infants in NZ taxis?

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is a car seat compulsory for infants in NZ taxis?

We are hiring a campervan with baby seat from Christchurch but need a taxi to take us from the airport to the campervan depot. The campervan hire place says it is not compulsory for infants to be in a baby seat when travelling in a taxi. Is this info correct or incorrect? In Oz, a baby seat is defintely required for taxi travel. Your help would be appreciated.

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1. Re: is a car seat compulsory for infants in NZ taxis?

Hi physioT

Here is some information from Land Transport NZ on the exemptions to NZ Child Restraint law (ltsa.govt.nz/factsheets/07-exceptions.html)

"A child doesn't have to be in an approved child restraint if they're travelling in a:

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passenger service vehicle (eg, taxi, shuttle, bus) that isn't fitted with safety belts.

However, where a safety belt is available in any of these vehicles, the child must be restrained, and where an approved child restraint is available, it must be used (where appropriate for the child's age and weight)."

Most reputable taxi companies should be able to provide you with a baby seat, so long as you book in advance and reconfirm 24 hours before travel.

I certainly would recommend using a baby seat, not worth the risk, no matter how small a trip it its.

I'm not familiar with Taxi's in Christchurch, someone else may be able to recommend a couple of choices for you.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: is a car seat compulsory for infants in NZ taxis?

I woud also tend to remind the campervan place of the law with regard to infant car seats.

The only difference between taxi, shuttle or coach and that of a private car, is that for persons unde fifteen years of age, the driver is personaly resposible for the e=wearing of seat belts in their vehicle. taxis, shuttles and coaches, the driver is not personaly liable.

anotehr issue is that at one time babies under four years old could travel free in coaches, however with car seat laws, the car seat uses a seat no differently to an adult, so charges often apply

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3. Re: is a car seat compulsory for infants in NZ taxis?

The taxi's in chch don't have baby seats unless you ask for them, which you would need to book ahead of time. Otherwise the child sits in the back with seatbelt on.

The main companies are below

http://www.bluestartaxis.org.nz/

http://www.firstdirect.net.nz/index.html

http://www.gold-band-taxis.co.nz/

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4. Re: is a car seat compulsory for infants in NZ taxis?

thanks for the info guys! much appreciated.

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5. Re: is a car seat compulsory for infants in NZ taxis?

The plunket society hires out car seats, so if you have trouble in obtaining one, then contact them, save carrying one across the tasman each way

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6. Re: is a car seat compulsory for infants in NZ taxis?

With plunket in Christchurch you have to book a car seat not long after you get pregnant! As that is how much of a waiting list they have.

There are a few companies that do hire out baby seats and other products for travellers in Chch though.

http://www.babyonthemove.co.nz/

http://www.toys4tots.co.nz/index.php?p=main

But also rental cars and camper van companies have them too.

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