New child safety bill filed in Senate

New child safety bill filed in Senate image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Volvo | posted August 10, 2015 12:44

Child restraints on the docket for Sen. Estrada

Senator Jinggoy Estrada has kid’s safety on top of his mind after filing Senate Bill (SB) No. 2871 addressing the lack of child restraints in private and public vehicles.

SB 2871 or the Mandatory Compliance by Motorists of Private and Public Vehicles to Appropriately Restrain all Child Passengers of Motor Vehicles, states that passengers who are six years old and below must be restrained by either the driver or the adult occupants/companions using booster seats and/or other products that use a lap and shoulder belt assembly provided that these equipment pass the motor vehicles safety standards set by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

All vehicles, private and public, are subject to this bill and owners will be given one year after the issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations to install child restraint devices.

There a fine of Php 100 to Php 1000 for the first offense, Php 200 to Php 2000 for the second offense and Php 500 to Php 5000 and driver’s license suspension for one week for the third and subsequent offenses.