What do we stand for

Safer cars

Driving safer cars will improve road safety outcomes and help save lives.

Strengthening child restraint laws

  • Road crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 14 and many of these tragedies can be prevented with the proper use of a child restraint or seatbelt.
  • Currently, South Australia’s child restraint laws are outdated and do not reflect national best practice.
  • RAA is calling for:
    • The minimum age for children travelling forward-facing to increase from six to 12 months.
    • Child restraints to be used in taxis, consistent with rules for rideshare and private vehicles.
    • Greater clarity around rules governing how tall a child aged 7 to 16 should be before being allowed to use an adult seatbelt.
    • Increased access to special-purpose child restraints for children living with a disability. 

Reducing the age of our fleet

  • RAA supports measures to ensure the new car fleet remains affordable and accessible, so more consumers replace their older vehicles with newer, safer and more fuel-efficient ones.
  • Currently, South Australia has the oldest fleet of all states except Tasmania. The average age of our passenger vehicles is almost 13 years, well above the national average of 11 years.
  • Measures to help uptake of new cars includes reducing taxes and charges at both the federal and state level (including vehicle import taxes and stamp duty) and maintaining a competitive new car market.