Road rule that appeared on Bluey sparks huge debate

An scene in the latest episode of Bluey forced fans to question whether the pup’s mother broke the law.

Many viewers questioned whether the beloved Blue Heeler’s mum, Chili, may have broken a real life road rule in the season three finale.

In the 28 minute episode of the cartoon, Chili and the kids all hop into the car to take a drive to find Bluey’s godmother.

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While the four youngest pups rode in the back, seven-year-old Bluey sat in the front passenger seat next to his mum.

Queensland Transport shared an image from the show to social media and asked their followers whether it was legal to drive with a young child in the passenger seat.

“You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it,” the post read.

“Chilli has three children in the back seat and seated her seven-year-old, Bluey, in the front seat. Can Chilli get fined for this?”

In the episode, before little Bluey jumps into the front seat, his mum decides to quickly check the road rules on her phone and reads it out loud.

“Queensland road rules say that if all seats are taken, a child older than 4 can sit in the front seat, yep it’s allowed,” she said.

She also ensures all children have their seatbelts on.

In the episode, she is pulled over by a police officer, but does not get into trouble once she shows him the rules.

According to Queensland law, children aged four to seven years can only sit in the front seat if all other seats are occupied by children under seven years old.

Babies and children up to four years old must never sit in the front seat.

Children aged over 7 are allowed to sit in the front.

If a car only has one row of seats, children of any age can sit in the front seat as long as they are properly restrained.

However, Queensland Transport and Main Roads advise drivers that children under 12 are always safest in the back seat.

‘The type of child restraint you install will depend mainly on the child’s age, but you may need to consider the child’s size as well,” the Queensland Government website states.

The show’s decision to include this was praised by fans, but some debated whether Bluey should have been put in a booster seat.

Legally, this was not required but for added safety, it is recommended that children are in an untethered booster seat when riding in the front.

“I love that they made sure to show her looking up the rule and showing the officer being educated in a law he should have known,” one said.

“Chili wasn’t the most comfortable with it, but for this one time circumstances it had to be done.”

“Legally allowed, but a long way off safety best practice. Kids should sit in the back until at least 12 years old,” another wrote.

“What a great way to open up a conversation on road rules! Good job,” a third added.

Someone else tagged a friend and said: ‘Teaching road rules with Bluey, genius.’