New Zealand Safety Belt Requirements In Motorhomes

Article New Zealand Safety Belt Requirements In Motorhomes

Whether you’re preparing your vehicle to be rented out, or planning your holiday in a motorhome hire through SHAREaCAMPER, your priority and ours, is that the motorhome meets the New Zealand safety requirements.

We’ve put together some key standards to take into account as you get your vehicle up to scratch or as you find the right campervan for your adventure with SHAREaCAMPER.

Safety Belts:

For all motorhomes manufactured and vehicles converted into motorhomes, on or after 1 October 2003, safety belts must be fitted.

While it may not be a requirement for older motorhomes to have safety belts fitted, we strongly advise that you take that initiative for yourself and potential travellers. For those older vehicles where a professional has deemed it impossible to fit safety belts to the rear seats, a great idea is to try to get rid of or pad sharp and pointed areas to limit the risk of injury in the instance of an accident.

The different types of belts you must include:

For the front driver and front outer seat, there must be a three-point-dual-sensitive retractor belt. In vehicles with a middle seat, the legal standard requires at least a lap belt, but we recommend whenever possible that a lap-and-diagonal belt be fitted for maximum safety.

The same goes for forward and rear facing outer seats that must have a three-point-dual-sensitive retractor belt. In the instance that there is a middle seat in one of these positions, a lap belt must be installed.

These safety belts must be accompanied by a prominently placed notice informing your passengers that;

for their safety, they should travel on seats fitted with safety belts, and that wherever there is a safety belt, it must be worn while the vehicle is moving’. If there are any seats that swivel to change direction, a sign must also include the instruction that; ‘the seat should face the direction that allows the safety belt to be worn. ‘
To ensure your vehicle meets the standards or to clarify any questions you may have, you can find out more here: Land Transport Rule: Seatbelts and Seatbelt Anchorages 2002.

Child Seats:

When travelling in New Zealand, it is a legal requirement that all children under seven years of age be properly fastened in an approved child restraint. It is recommended that these child restraints be used in rear seats, rather than the front passenger seat, as the seat anchors are not fitted in the front.

If you are travelling with a child from birth to four years of age or up to 18kg, it is required by law that they be fastened in an approved child seat that complies with New Zealand regulations. It is also recommended that children remain rear facing in their seats until two years of age.

For children aged between four and seven years of age, they should use a booster seat.

Extra tips:

  1. The number of safety belts in a vehicle must be the same or greater than the number of sleeping berths.
  1. Owners, it is important that you make travellers aware of any seats that don’t have safety belts so that they can choose the vehicle that is right for their travelling group.
  1. A specialist low volume vehicle fitter or a heavy vehicle certifier must certify any safety belts that are retrofitted to a vehicle, dependent upon the size of the vehicle.
  1. Child or booster seats are not allowed in the rear facing seats of any six berth vehicle.

If you would like to rent out your motorhome or if you would like to hire one for your next vacation go to to find out more, or contact one of our local offices.

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