Australians love to travel with their furry friends. Many of us consider them important participants in our family adventures, and while it is common knowledge that wearing a seat belt is an essential requirement for getting in a car, many of us don`t know what rules apply to our dogs when it comes to riding with us. In short, yes. Restraining your dog offers a number of safety benefits to your dog and the occupants of the vehicle. RSPCA statistics show that every year around 5,000 dogs in Australia are injured or killed by a fall from a moving vehicle. Two out of three Australian families own pets. These animals are often transported in motor vehicles. By law, under the NSW Highway Traffic Act, you are required to ensure that your pet is safe when travelling in a motor vehicle. You could be fined and lose demerit points if • Your dog prevents you from having full control of the vehicle.
This includes the dog on the driver`s lap. The law states that a driver is not allowed to drive with an animal on his lap or prevents it from having adequate control, imposes a fine of $338 and the loss of three demerit points, and increases to $442 in a school zone. Statistics tell us that every year 5,000 dogs in Australia are killed or injured in road accidents because they are not properly restrained. This is an alarming number that most of us do not pay enough attention to. 1 – Properly tethered dogs cannot move around the vehicle and therefore reduce distraction for the driver. For dogs traveling in the rear seat area of the vehicle, you can use a hammock seat cover or front seat barrier to restrict access to the front seats. These can be used in combination with the belt and seat belt attachment for added safety. According to New South Wales traffic rules, it is a big no for drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists or passengers to keep an animal on a leash or leash while the vehicle is in motion. All pets must sit safely in appropriate places in the vehicle – pets are safer when sitting in the back seat.
The RSPCA can also impose fines under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.1 In New South Wales, if an animal is injured because it is not restrained, owners face up to six months in jail and fines of up to $11,0002. Transporting dogs without tying on Uten`s back can also land drivers with the same penalties. To get the most out of your road trip, plan ahead and research the relevant traffic rules for the states you`ll be visiting. To increase your pet`s safety, prepare appropriate transport restraint systems, pack your pet`s favourite toys, bring an emergency first aid kit (Ref.11) and make sure there is enough food and water. For longer trips, it`s also a good idea to familiarize your pet with the vehicle before you leave, so you and your furry companion can enjoy a safe and enjoyable ride. If you`re expecting a fairly hot trip, make sure your vehicle`s air conditioning is working or buy a refrigerated blanket that can keep your pet`s temperature low and maximize comfort (Ref.11). Finally, you should keep the trip as short as possible to avoid unnecessary stress for your pet and subsequent disruption. Similarly, the Highway Code does not explicitly require an animal to be restrained with a harness or seat belt when operating a vehicle. However, the benefits of restraining your dog(s) in the car are pretty clear.
Not only for their safety, but also for that of the driver and other passengers traveling in the car. Rules, merit points and fines may differ slightly from state to state. To find out what rules apply in your state or territory, contact your state or territory transportation department or follow the links below: While it`s important to know the rules surrounding your pet to keep them safe, it`s also important to understand the effects that can occur if they are violated. The RSPCA has the authority under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to impose heavy fines if an animal is injured because it is not restrained, or even faces jail time. 4 While most of us love the sight of an adorable puppy absorbing a cool breeze with his head out the window, it`s important to make sure your dog has been properly tied up to ensure fewer animals are injured in traffic accidents. It`s important to restrain your dog to make sure drivers aren`t distracted by their dogs and cause traffic accidents because they`re distracted. For the safety of your four-legged friend, we will help you understand the traffic rules you need to know when traveling with your companion. Most pet stores have animal restraint systems and seat belts for dogs traveling in a motor vehicle. Depending on the size of your dog, you may need a harness that attaches to the seat belt or a crate.
For Queensland drivers, driving with a dog on your lap is illegal and you can be fined $294. The consequences of violations of these traffic rules in school zones are even greater. What are the rules for driving in cars with pets? So next time you`re on holiday with Rover, follow these recommendations for driving pets in the car to save yourself the risk of fines and demerit points and keep your best friend safe and healthy! For small cats and dogs, raised seats or pet baskets are another option. The law on pets in cars — and fines for breaking up — differs from state to state. While there are no specific laws to drive a pet without restrictions in Victoria and Queensland, there are in other states, and traveling with your pet on your lap is illegal in all states. Legally, you must restrain your pet when driving with equipment such as a cage, safety basket or seat belt. More than two-thirds of Australian households own pets, making Australia one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world (Ref.1). Considered by many to be full members of the family (Ref.2), pets regularly travel in the family car.
It is essential to ensure that all your passengers – including your pets – are properly secured during the journey. If you restrain your dog, you can save his life – and yours. If you are not restrained, your pet can not only distract you from driving, but also run the risk of being thrown from a seat or the back of the car during sudden braking. If the windows are open, your unrestrained pet can jump out of the vehicle and injure itself. Many dogs are killed or injured each year while driving in the back of open and moving vehicles (Ref.3). Canid runaways can also be an obstacle and a source of danger for other road users. In Australia, there are various laws that regulate the transport of animals in cars. In Western Australia, pet owners have a duty to ensure that their animals are not transported in a way that causes or may cause unnecessary harm (Ref.
4). The transport of animals within the Northern Territory must be carried out in a manner that does not cause undue or unnecessary suffering to the animal (Ref.5), while pets in Queensland must not be transported in a manner unsuitable for the welfare of the animal (Ref.6). A similar duty of care that pet owners have towards their pets is reflected in other states in Australia. If you live in New South Wales, be careful not to drive with an animal on your lap (Ref.7) or leave it unattached to the back of a moving vehicle (Ref.8). To better understand the traffic rules for transporting animals that are specific to the state where you live, contact your state`s traffic authority. “It`s not uncommon for dogs not only to sit on the driver`s lap, but stand from time to time, placing their front legs on the driver`s steering wheel or side window. We`ve even had cases where the animal jumped into the space for the driver`s feet, making it difficult for the driver to brake. • See http:www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/road-rules/animals.html references:1.