Car Seats and the LAW!

New Regulations are being introduced towards the end of this year banning backless booster seats.

At present children weighing 15kg (or around 3/4years) can travel in these seats however studies have shown that they do not meet sufficient requirements therefore the law is being changed.  In December 2016 only children weighing 22kg and being of 125cm tall (roughly 7/8 years) will be able to travel using one.

As of December 2016, the UK Law will state:

1. That children must use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm/4ft 5in tall, whichever comes first.

2. Safety experts recommend that you use a child car seat for all children under 150cm/4ft 11in.

3.  Children under three must be in a child car seat. If there’s no room for a third child seat in the back of your vehicle. Children aged three or under can use the front seat but they must be in a child car seat.

4.  You can’t take children under three on an unexpected journey in a vehicle without a seat belt or the correct child car seat. The only exception to this rule is if it’s in a licensed taxi or minicab and the rear seats are separated from the driver by a fixed partition and the child travels on the rear seats.

5.  If you ignore the law you are liable to a fine of £500.

Photo: Flickr photo by Lori Hindman