Putting Child Car Seats in Jeepneys, PUVs for Child Safety is Being Considered by LTO
Land Transportation Office (LTO) studies putting child car seats on public utility vehicles (PUVs) and jeepneys for child’s safety while riding.
LTO and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently implemented new car seat law, children below 12 will not be allowed to sit in front of the car. Also, parents should install a child car seat for their 12 below children while riding.
The new car seat law has drawn flak from the car owners and motorists. Netizens express dismay at the new law as their children below 12 years old are already big and won’t fit in the car if they use the child seat.
As a result, LTO and DOTr have suspended their enforcement as they would conduct an information, education, and communications campaign for three to six months before strictly enforcing the new law.
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Meanwhile, Atty. Roberto Valera, LTO deputy director for law enforcement, said child car seat is also being considered for PUVs. He said that they are still studying the plan due to the different build of PUVs compared to private vehicles.
“Tinitingnan kasi namin sa jeepney kasi ang posisyon ng upuan ay (nasa) side kaya ‘di required paggamit ng seatbelt sa likod. Ang contemplation kasi ng batas sa likod ang bata,” said Valera in an interview with Ted Failon and DJ Chacha sa Radyo5. “Pinag-aaralan din namin ‘yan how that provision will be implemented sa mga public utility vehicles.”
He added that they could not decide unilaterally because it was a joint effort with the LTO, DOTr, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), not to mention the sensitivity of the involvement of children.
“Ang binibigyan namin ng primordial importance ngayon, ‘yung tatlong task ng LTO, ‘yung enforcement, inspection of car seat, at accreditation of fitting station,” said Valera.
“Kasi ngayon bagong batas, nag-a-adjust pa kami. Meron kaming protocol na-develop at binabago namin dahil we have to make sure kasi ‘yung bata is in presence dito,” he added.
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