Do you know the law on child car seats?

According to AA Motoring Trust, "Ensuring a child is properly restrained in a child car seat can reduce injuries by a factor of 90-95% for rear facing seats and 60% for forward facing seats".

Do you know the law on child car seats?

It's EU law: All children must travel in a child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.

Rule of thumb: if there's a safety belt, you must use it. It's the drivers' responsibility to be sure their passengers are using seat belts and appropriate child restraints.


The specifics

For cars and goods vehicles (including MPV and SUVs):

  • Children under 3 can only travel in cars or goods vehicles if there are fitted with the appropriate child restraint. Taxis are exempt from this rule.
  • Children between ages 3 and 12 must use an appropriate child restraint in cars or goods vehicles if they are fitted with safety belts.
  • If the car or goods vehicle doesn't have safety belts, they must sit in the back seat.
  • In passenger seats with an active airbag, rear-facing child restraints must not be used.

For buses:

  • Children between 3 and 12 must use safety belts if they are fitted.
  • If seatbelts are available, bus drivers are required to tell passengers that it is the law to wear them.

The exemptions

  • Taxis, hackneys and limousines do not need to have every kind of child restraints available.
  • A child over 3 can wear a seatbelt in the back seat of a car or a goods vehicle if there is no more room for a child safety seat.
  • If it is not possible to place your child in the back seat of your vehicle, they can ride in the passenger seat, as long as they are using the appropriate restraints.
  • Child restraints come in several weight classes so you can find the appropriate one for your child.

Alex Todd Brand Manager at Easyinsure commented "It is important that the correct child seats are used for every journey, no matter how short."


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