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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13-12-2013 16:19 #11
13-12-2013 17:11 #12
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.
13-12-2013 17:12 #13Senior Member
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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.
13-12-2013 17:55 #14
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.
13-12-2013 18:02 #15
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!
13-12-2013 18:06 #16Senior Member
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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
13-12-2013 19:02 #17
So I googled out of curiosity:
Do we need a child restraint in taxis and buses?
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.
Google also tells me that it's not a requirement in QLD, SA, Vic, WA, TAS and ACT unless there is one available.
13-12-2013 20:10 #18
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.
13-12-2013 20:28 #19
13-12-2013 20:36 #20
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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