BUHAY Party-list Representatives Mariano Michael M. Velarde, Jr., Jose L. Atienza, Jr. and Irwin C. Tieng want owners of private motor vehicles to install and use age-appropriate restraint devices for child passengers.
House Bill 5815 or the ‘Child Restraint Act’ - children who are passengers in a moving private vehicle must either sit on an age-appropriate crash-tested seat or use a device/system that is specially designed to provide child crash protection.
Adults in violation of this law will be fined Php 5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days, or both.
"Pursuant to this policy, and emphasizing that safe driving practices and proper use of safety devices remain the best way to protect children from traffic crashes and injuries resulting from vehicular accidents, this measure seeks to penalize any driver of a motor vehicle to travel with children on board without providing for a safety device for such children," Velarde said.
Rep. Tieng is also added that after two violations, the adult’s driver’s license must be revoked and he/she will be prohibited from getting a new driver’s license for 12 months from the date of conviction.
The bill also declares it unlawful for any adult accompanying any child or to allow such child to travel on a motor vehicle that does not have car seat or child restraint device for children unless the adult provides one for the child's own use.
Any person who violates this provision shall be punished with a fine of Php 2,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days, or both.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be tasked to approve all child restraint devices, implement and supervise the enforcing of the mandate.
Public utility jeepneys, buses and emergency vehicles are not covered by the bill.