Car seat legislation in effect today

Today the new legislation comes into effect. The regulation of the National Road Traffic Act requires children under the age of three to only travel in a vehicle that is secured with a car seat. Motorists who have children under the age of three unrestrained in their vehicle will be fined.

CapeTalk’s Africa Melane spoke to JP Smith, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security about the City’s readiness to implement the legislation.

According to Smith it will take some time before the metro police start policing the law. He said they are currently conducting training to familiarise the police officers to the new legislation. But if anyone is caught disregarding the law they will be fined.

Africa also spoke to Alida Jones of Drive more Safely.

I cannot understand why parents say that they cannot afford a car seat. They complain when the petrol price goes up and still put in petrol so this is a once off purchase for two to three years. I don’t know why is such an issue to buy a car seat

Alida Jones

Jones runs a campaign where people can get used car seats and pay a small donation if they cannot afford to buy a new one. The car seats are properly checked for structural damages before they are donated.

Ways to check if a donated car seat is in good condition:

  • Remove the cover
  • Dump it in a bath full of water
  • If it bubbles, it is damaged
  • Do not use a damaged car seat

There should be zero tolerance. If your child is not buckled up you will have to take responsibility and face the consequences.

Alida Jones

For those who cannot afford new car seats they can contact Alida on 081 311 3223 alida@drivemoresafely.co.za


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