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Parents more aware of child car seat rules

Survey shows confusion over laws is easing


Confusion over new child car seats laws looks to have eased if a survey of Which? members is anything to go by.

We asked 413 members with kids aged 12 years or under about the new laws which came into force in September 2006.

Ninety three per cent correctly identified that all children under 12 or up to a height of 135cm/ 4’ 5” have to sit in a car seat or booster seat while travelling in a car. The new law states that if they don’t the driver may face a fine of up to £500.

Over three fifths of those questioned also correctly said the child car seat law doesn’t apply for journeys in a taxi or emergency journeys.

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However, six per cent of those questioned still wrongly thought that the law didn’t apply to children with special needs.

The results are in contrast to a similar Which? survey last September.

It showed that three in ten parents affected by the rule change didn’t understand what the new law meant for them and a fifth didn’t even know the law was changing.

Which? spokesman Bob Tolliday said: ‘It’s good to see that the rules on child car seats are having an effect. It should mean that more children than ever in Britain are seated securely in cars.’

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