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LTO Prohibits Kids 12 Years Old and Below From Taking Front Seats of Private Vehicles

The Land Transportation Office would prohibit children 12 years old and below from taking the front seats of private vehicles.

Land Transportation Office (LTO) Law Enforcement Service deputy director Roberto Valera announced that kids 12 years old and below are not allowed to use front seats anymore starting on Tuesday (February 2, 2021).

Valera said that the measure aims to ensure the safety of young child in the vehicle. He also explained that it would prevent kids from possible injuries and even death in case of road crash or vehicular accident.

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The LTO personnel that the new measure is compliance with the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act or the Child Car Seat Law requiring motorists to use child restraint systems for kids who were shorter than 4’11”.

The agency would disseminate the information over the next few months and would not issue tickets to violators for the next three to six months.

“The enforcement is not only [about] apprehension, it also covers information dissemination, as well as warnings. Instead of issuing tickets or show-cause orders for the violation, we will be in the warning mode as well as distribute information materials,” Valera said.

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The public utility vehicles are not covered by the policy but the Department of Transportation would still study if public transport need to adopt the law.

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