I'm sure I've broken that law AK mentioned, although maybe I have always had the engine off... I have definitely travelled with the seatbelt tucked under my arm at times, especially when I was well out of child restraints but not fully adult height yet. All very well making it illegal to do so, but better than having the side of your neck sliced off by the badly-positioned seat-belt surely?
Using an incorrectly fitted or non-approved child seat is a $298 fine and three demerit points in NSW, and $317 and three demerit points in Victoria. But, incredibly, in NSW, taxi drivers (who are still exempt from wearing seatbelts on the grounds of personal security) cannot be fined if infants are not in a child restraint.
I don't know what's incredible about that? I'm pretty sure that all states in Australia, and definitely the UK too, have a law that exempts children in taxis from having to be in child seats. Virtually no taxis have them or can find you a driver with a car seat, let alone all the variants that are required for the first 7 years of a child's life. If you need to travel by taxi, the child/baby sits on the parents lap if small enough, NOT secured in the parents seatbelt but either held in the arms or in a child carrier put on over the adult seatbelt. We've done it when we couldn't get somewhere by other means and couldn't get a taxi with a child seat (we've never been able to get one with one....).
Back onto mobile phones. If you have the phone on a map on the seat next to you and look at it while stopped at a red light, is this illegal? If so why isn't it illegal to have your Melways open on the seat next to you? I'm not proposing that they make it. I'm just wondering how far they're going to go with making things illegal.
Still a cyclist, albeit one who never rides any more....