Are rear seat belts compulsory in NZ?
We have just purchased a Mitsubishi Canter 1984 campervan and it does not have rear seatbelts for passengers.
I went to a testing station and spoke to the people there and they said "NO" but if I fit them they must be certified which make sense but it cost like $300.
He also said the passengers don't have to wear them? We have two young children 5 and 7 and obviously want seat belts for them, the testing station said the best way is to mount my own and then remove them for a COF. Again make sense.
I have worked out away to fit lap belts but I wanted to know are the compulsory for the kids to wear them in the rear of the camper while travelling?
Found this on the AA website.
Regarding a 2002 Toyota high roof, Long Wheel Base van which has been set up as a camper.
It has side benches in the rear to sit on.
Can this van be fitted with seatbelts on the sides at the back?
It is N.Z. new.
If the vehicle was built as a camper before the 1st of October 2003 and has been continuously registered since then, it will not be required to have seatbelts in the rear.
After that date it will be required to have as many seatbelts as there are seating positions.
For example, a 4 berth campervan will require 4 seating positions with approved seatbelts.
Either way, if you intend to fit seatbelts they are required to be Low Volume certified.
Sideways seating has been something of an issue, so my suggestion is you contact the Low Volume Technical Association (http://www.lvvta.org.nz
) to ask their opinion.
They will be the ones to certify such an installation if it is permitted.
They will need to know all the vehicle details.