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DfT consults on seatbelts and child seats
Plans to increase levels of seatbelt wearing and ensure appropriate use of child seats have been outlined in a consultation document issued by road safety minister Stephen Ladyman.
"We are determined to make our roads as safe as possible and the correct use of seat belts and child seats is an important part of this," said Stephen Ladyman. "Over 2000 child deaths or injuries annually could be prevented by these changes.
"Making sure that children use booster seats will bring real improvements to their safety. Seat belts are designed for adults, and making sure children are boosted to the right height will make them safer in the event of an accident."
The proposed changes include:
- Children less than three years old having to use an appropriate child restraint in a car or goods vehicle
- Children aged over three years but under 135 cms (approx 4' 5") in height having to use a child restraint
- Rear-facing baby seats not to be used in a seat with an active frontal airbag
- The number of people travelling in the rear of a vehicle not exceeding the number of seats (in vehicles with seat belts fitted).
For the full press release go to: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2005_0065