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    I know this is the case in Victoria but in Sydney no cab would take us because of our baby. we had to call the central booking line and request a cab with a baby seat.

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    Yep it's no issue in VIC and they don't have to be under 12 moths either. I took my newborn in a short cab ride, but for the airport have just ordered a driver with a car seat.

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    Last time we went to Sydney airport with a 7 month old we requested a baby seat on the way there. On the way back we just waited in the taxi line and one taxi had a baby seat - however it was not one of the reversible seats. We were lucky that DS was over 10 Kgs at the time so he fitted in quite well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    I know this is the case in Victoria but in Sydney no cab would take us because of our baby. we had to call the central booking line and request a cab with a baby seat.
    I think NSW may be an exception. We are in the ACT and when we went to travel with DD when she was 8 weeks old I booked a taxi with a seat. He couldnt get it out of the top of his cab where he stored it and then we had a 'discussion' about whether or not "mum was the best seat" He informed me that in NSW it was the law to be in a child restraint in a taxi, but not in the ACT.

    I think in some states, and QLD comes to mind, they don't have ones that come with the taxis for hygiene reasons.

    I'm curious about what happens after they turn 12 months. Do they then have to sit in the seat without an appropriate child restraint? I haven't had this happen, I either order a silver service taxi or another form of public transport.

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    This is why I avoid travelling in taxis or buses wherever possible! I'm also horrified at the standard of car seat they give you when you add one on to hire car rental, the cheapest nastiest piece of flimsy foam ever! Last time we went to Vic I wanted to take our own car seat but DH and MIL insisted it would be too annoying on plane. Boy did I chuck a wobbly when I saw what the car rental company gave us!

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    18 years ago in Brisbane I had a newborn and caught taxis as had no licence yet, taxis never had car seats even then.... but when we were being discharged from hospital we had to bring in the capsule ( the old style ones if anyone remembers them) and the nurse had to make sure baby was put in it correctly plus the base had to be fitted by a proper authorised capsule fitter like the RACQ but taxis didn't need anything... crazy

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    So I googled out of curiosity:

    NSW:
    Do we need a child restraint in taxis and buses?

    Taxis
    Taxi drivers must ensure:
    • All passengers younger than 12 months must be secured in a child restraint.
    • All passengers aged over 12 months and under 16 years must:
      • occupy a seating position that is fitted with a suitable seatbelt, and
      • not occupy the same seating position as another passenger (whether or not the other passenger is exempt from wearing a seatbelt under rule 267), and
      • wear the seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened.
    • No passenger under four years old is in the front seat and a child four years or older but under seven years may only sit in the front row if all of the other seats in the row or rows behind the front row are occupied by passengers who are also under seven years old.
    http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov....laws_faqs.html

    Google also tells me that it's not a requirement in QLD, SA, Vic, WA, TAS and ACT unless there is one available.

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    You don't need one in QLD. I had to catch a taxi a couple of times with DS when he was a baby (once to the Dr when I did not have a car and once to the airport).
    I put the seat belt on me then put him in a firm sling on my front so he was somewhat restrained if there was an accident, you def should not put the seat belt around both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    It's crazy, I found this out on a trip to Melbourne with my DS1.

    Do people put their children in restraints on buses? (Genuine question...I don't travel on buses so not sure).
    I travel on buses quite often and my baby is either in the pram or the carrier. They don't have seatbelts on buses.

    Sent from my telecommunications device.

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    Yep it's legal, I found that out when we went to Melbourne. I didn't feel comfortable not having bub in a car seat so I organised a private car company that has baby seats.


 

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