Seatbelts on Boat Ramps? QLD Police say YES!

You’ve been out for a days fishing in the boat, the family are waiting up on the grass, and you’ve just winched up the boat onto your trailer. You jump in the drivers seat, to move the boat up to the top of the ramp where you plan to tie it down. Do you put your seat belt on?

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!