seat belts in motorhomes/bus

Submitted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:32
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Can someone help me here. We have a 1977 Merc bus and unsure whether we need seatbelts for the passengers. We are registered in WA and we know legally here that we don't need them, but once we cross the borders we're not sure. We've been told if it's registered here and we've complied with the laws in this state, then we're legal around the whole of Australia.

Thanks for your time.

Lisa
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:54

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 20:54
Gooday,
regardless of what the law says, wouldn't you want your passengers to feel safe, be safe? If it's possible to fit them properly and legally, I'd do it just for my family.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boeing (PER) - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 20:41

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 20:41
agree totally.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 21:14

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 21:14
Legally with the age of the bus and the fact that no buses of that age would have had them you are ok.
BUT if you decide to fit them then all would have to be engineered with rated anchorages etc etc and would then be subject to inspection.
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Follow Up By: ChipPunk - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 22:52

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 22:52
VERY IMPORTANT!

Where was it legislated that buses were to have seat-belts - until there were so many deaths as rear seats concertina'd to the front! (Some people just don't get it! Maybe they were the ones that suggested seatbelts for motorbikes...? no no - that was Victoria.)

Designed and Rated anchorage points....
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 22:44

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 22:44
I can not answer for the laws in WA, but in SA you would not want to continue to register the vehicle as a bus because of the strict regulations, regular inspections and high annual costs involved.
Registering as a motorhome is much cheaper and requires a once off inspection to change.

As a motorhome, different rules apply. Seatbelts for all seats is one of them and you may not have more beds than seats with seat belts. There are also other rules that you need to be aware of, lots of them.
Give your local authority a call, and get the rules before making expensive mistakes.

Once legal in the State of registration and residency you can travel anywhere in Oz legally.

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Peter
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Reply By: brownie - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 08:54

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 08:54
You need to look up ADR version 2, this gives the dates that seatbelts were introduced for different classes of vehicles - and see what applies to your bus.


It will be the same Australia wide - but print a copy out in case you meet a copper who is full of importance and short on knowledge.

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Reply By: PeterInSa - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:59

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:59
In SA our Motorhome is called a Caravan Vehicle (Body Type), in WA it may also be called the same name so check the rules for CV's as well as buses.

Peter
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