New Law - Child Restraints
NOTE: THIS DATA IS NOW OUTDATED
In September 2006 a new law came into affect governing the use of child car seats. The new law means all children under the age of 12 must use the appropriate child safety restraint until they reach 135cm or their 12th birthday (whichever is first).
Children under 3 must have a suitable car seat whether they are in the front or the back of the vehicle. It is also now illegal to use a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat protected by an airbag.
Children under 12 who are shorter than 135cm, can no longer travel in the front of a car without the proper seat or cushion.
Drivers are responsible for ensuring their passengers under the age of 14 obey the new law and Police can impose a ?30 fixed penalty, but the maximum fine is ?500 if it goes to court.
If you require more information please check out the websites below.
think road safety -car seats http://www.childcarseats.org.uk
Exemptions to the rules: short journeys of "unexpected necessity" and occasions when two children are using restraints in the back seat, leaving no room for a third. Taxis and emergency vehicles are also exempt.
The A77 Safety Group strongly advises trying any child seat before you buy it and having it properly fitted.