new car seat laws

New proposed regulations on child car seats

New regulations are in the pipeline:

It comes as consumer rights group Which said backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg under new rules set to be introduced. Talks are ongoing but no decisions have been made, the government has said.

EXISTING RULES:- children must use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm (4ft 5ins ) tall.

If approved, any changes will apply to newly sold products, not child restraint systems which are already in use and adhere to existing safety standards. The department of transport spokesman said, “Parents who use old booster seats that comply with the existing regulations will not be breaking the law if they continue to use them after any rule change, they will not be required to buy new booster seats to meet any rule change.”

What is the law :-

Children must use a child seat or booster.

  • A child can use an adult belt when they reach 135cm (4ft 5ins) or their 12th birthday which ever comes first.
  • The driver can be fined up to £500 if a child under 14 years does not wear a seat belt or child restraint as required.
  • Anyone 14 and over not wearing a seat belt, must pay the fine themselves.

For full details on all the rules visit www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules