Kids No Longer Allowed To Take Front Seats Of Cars
KIDS – New law in the Philippines bans kids 12-years-old and below from using the front seat of the car.
Thousands of Filipinos die on the road every year and also the leading cause of death among children. The number of road accidents and fatalities continues to increase every year that’s why the government releases new policies to prevent injuries to child passengers.
Based on a report from Inquirer, the traffic officers in the country will start apprehending drivers who will let their children 12 years old and under to sit in the front seat of their car in the first week of February. Drivers will also be arrested if they leave them inside the vehicle.
Violators will be fined from P1000 to P5000 and their driver’s licenses will be suspended for 1 year according to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act No. 11229 or the Child Safety Motor Vehicles Act.
It was signed into law in February last year and its implementation rules accepted and published 2 weeks ago.
According to the report, the child car seats will become a requirement in 2021 to give enough time for drivers to devote themselves to safe, standard and child restraint systems. The World Health Organization said child car seats may reduce injuries for children by 54%.
Based on the report, the Department of Trade and Industry, transport regulators and road safety advocates were the ones who prepared the rules on the acceptable standards for the child car seats.
Kids are exempted from using the car seat if they are 1.5 meters tall, have mental condition or disability. Drivers who already has safe car seats are required to get a clearance from the LTO.
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