Seatbelts on Boat Ramps? QLD Police say YES!
Mr Brand, a local boatie from Caloundra didn’t bluckle up, and the cops were waiting at the top of the ramp with a $365 fine, and three demerit points off his license!
He argues, that it’s safer not to have a seatbelt on, in case the car ends up rolling backwards into the water and a quick escape is necessary. Also, that it’s a carpark.
Senior Sergeant Mahony, from QLD Police argues;
“The legislation states that if the vehicle is in a forward motion on a road-related area then the seatbelt is to be worn. You do not have to wear a seatbelt if you are reversing, however, prior to the vehicle commencing a forward motion following a reversing action you have to wear a seatbelt.”
Whether you agree or not, the law is the law, so make sure you buckle up next time you make that 10m drive up the ramp!