Child safety seats compulsory in September
4 May 2006, BRUSSELS — All children shorter than 1.35m will need to be fastened to a special safety seat when travelling by car from September this year.
4 May 2006
BRUSSELS — All children shorter than 1.35m will need to be fastened to a special safety seat when travelling by car from September this year.
Instead of plans to enforce the regulation from next week, Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt wants to fully inform parents first before issuing fines.
The delayed introduction of the new law appears necessary based on the results of a survey by the Traffic Safety Office last week.
That survey indicated that just four in 10 children travel by car with a proper safety seat, news agency Belga reported on Thursday.
Currently, that is not illegal because the law states that children must only travel in a safety seat if one is available in the vehicle.
Research has shown that parents often let their child travel on the back seat once he or she is older than three.
But the Road Safety Office said children in safety seats are up to three times less likely to be killed or injured in an accident.
The road safety authority will now launch an awareness campaign with advertisements in the media to inform parents of the pending change to regulations.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news