Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act last February 22, 2019. This is one of the many laws he just signed and also one of the most important because it is about the safety of a child when riding a motor vehicle. What is the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act or ‘Car Seat Law‘?
Here are some of the things you should know Car Seat Law.
- Children are not allowed to sit in the front seat of a running vehicle if they are 12 years old and below.
- Children with a height of at least 4’11’ or 150 centimeters can seat in front provided they use a secured seat belt.
- The restraint system of the car must properly accommodate a child. It must be safe and must be comfortable for the child.
- The restraint system of the car must be proportional to the age, height, and weight of the child using it.
- The restraint system of the car need not be used in case of medical emergencies where the life of the child will be in greater danger. It also need not be used when the child riding has a developmental condition or other medical conditions that might affect the child when he uses it.
- the parent or guardian of the child must not leave the child alone inside the car.
- Don’t use a substandard car seat or an expired one. The car seats must have a Philippine Standard or PS mark and a sticker from the ICC or Import Clearance Certificate.
*Please note there is a current study on the use of child restraint system on PUVs or Public Utility Vehicles.
What are the Violations and Fees for Car Seat Law?
- Php1,000 for the first offense
- Php2,000 for the second offense
- Php5,000 for succeeding offenses
- Drive’s license will be suspended for the third offense.