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    hi everyone !

    ok, i have done some reading on the new laws regarding dogs in cars/utes but i am not sure what to do.

    i have a single cab ute and a beautiful border colie

    i have had dogs for over 10 years and always a ute.

    i have never and will never put my dog in the back of the ute, not even if my life depended on it, my dog always sits in the passenger seat fully restrained.

    my dog is cool calm and collected, and does not move about.

    having a dog and taking him with me on rides and adventures is part of who i am.

    now the law says i can not put a dog on the front seat anymore, so what am i to do???

    there is no way he is going in a cage in the back, i rescued him from the pound and he has spent enough time in cages in his early life.

    is the only way i can get my dog to come with me now is to buy a duel cab ute where he can site in the back passenger seat?

    if someone can enlighten me that would be great.

    kind regards...J

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    Hmmmm, do you have the article on this?

    As for me, I have a twin cab ute with a canopy on the back, so the dogs are tied up in their like its their own little room, is it possible for you too buy a canopy?
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    What law is that, James?

    I can't find it. And they can vary from state to state.

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    somebody mentioned something to me so i did a google search

    here


    yeh a canopy is kinda good, but i need an open ute, and want to upgrade to a tray back later too for work/hobbies etc...don't really want a dual cab, but want to take my dog with me...what a predicament!

    surely if a cop pulls someone over for whatever reason and there dog is on the front seat, harnessed in properly, they would not say anything or just give a warning.

    i might ring the rspca and see what they say

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    Honestly, if you think its safe, then I wouldn't worry.
    The police and the RSPCA are seperate, so even if the police pulled you over, they wouldn't say anything.
    It sounds like you care a lot about your dog, so I trust she is safe.


    Oh and um, photos?
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    it's a he

    and yes, we are inseparable...

    (sounds corny i know, but hey i'm a dog person

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    I know it is not legal in QLD to have dogs not restrained in the back of a ute, I think they must still be restrained in a car but not sure if they have to be in the back, I will certainly check, I drive many miles with my dog in the passenger seat beside me, he does have a lead attached to stop him landing on me if we have a bit of a bingle, have been pulled up by police several times they did not mention the dog being in the front so assumed it was fine, I drive a large van and he could go in the back he just gets insulted at being made to take a back seat.

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    I think the police have better things to worry about.. Don't worry about it until they say something to you. Then play dumb..

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    It's like child restraints. They are not to be in the front seat of a vehicle, unless there is no other seat available. Then it is ok.

    Such rules are made to prohibit people specifically from having dogs in their lap, or unrestrained in the front of a vehicle jumping about which is obviously a massive safety issue.

    Havinga dog restrained in the front passenger seat will never cause you to get in trouble. Check though that your vehicle doesn't have a passenger airbag as this could be deadly to your dog in a collision. Passenger airbags are dangerous due to the speed and pressure they inflate at. Children under 12 cannot sit in a front seat with an airbag, so they would be potentially lethal to any dog.

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    I think there is something in the (National) road rules that says an animal is not allowed to be lead from a moving vehicle, ie you can't have your dog on lead outside the car with the other end of the lead held by someone inside the car, whether a passenger or driver. Same with bicycle. You can't lead an animal (horse or dog or whatever) from a bicycle (on a road).

    I think the bit about animal (dog) in the back of ute must be secured is in the Companion Animals Act or Prevention of Cruetly to animals act in most states.

    But so far, there is nothing about animals being secured inside the cabin of a car. There is a rule (in the Road rules) about not driving with an animal or child or person in your lap. So as long as it is not possible for your dog to get in your lap while you are driving, you should be ok with the dog in the cab. There is no rule that says you can't have a dog on the front seat of a ute.

    There are loads of rules that cover if the dog distracts you and causes a prang, stuff like "negligant driving", "dangerous driving", "driving without due care" - same sort of rules that apply if you drop your milkshake in your lap and prang because of that. So if the dog is in a harness that keeps it on the passenger side of the car - you should be good to go. And the harness should prevent the dog from being thrown around the car in case of a prang. There's no way you can put a dog in a car and promise it won't be hurt, same as for you. Cars and roads and speed are dangerous combinations - and it doesn't need to be something you did wrong. It could be that soccer mum with a truck full of screaming kiddies trying to SMS her hubby.

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