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Senators file resolution to defer implementation of Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act

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The Senate on Tuesday filed a resolution urging the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to postpone the implementation of Republic act No. 11229 otherwise known as Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act until details on its implementation are ironed out.

Authors Senators Sonny Angara, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Joel Villanueva, Sherwin Gatchalian, Nancy Binary and Grace Poe said in Senate Resolution No. 633 that while the intent of the law is laudable and commended by the World Health Organization, many Filipinos expressed unpreparedness and confusion on its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) making it understandable why they are “apprehensive” on the said measure.

The solons said the public claimed that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) reportedly failed to inform them on the IRR entailed with the measure as well as giving them ample time to secure their own child restraint system.

They added that they were confused as to how the LTO will certify the car seats acquired prior to the activity of the law as mandated on its Section 13 stating that owners of private cars are required to secure a certificate from LTO to ensure that the car seat is not expired or damaged and is fit for use.

They further explained that purchasing decent child car seats usually amounting to P3,000 to P60,000 may add to the existing financial burden of motorists especially since the country is still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The financial struggles many Filipinos, and the government regulations that prohibit children
Of certain ages from going out, it is only justified that the implementation of this law be deferred not only to allow Filipinos to recover and prepare but also for our government agencies to fulfill what is mandated under the law,” the resolution reads.

The Senate then directs the LTO to comply first with the mandates of the measure including informing the public about the requirements, issuance of guidelines for the certification of child car seats acquired prior to the effectivity of the law and the establishing and accrediting of fitting stations.

They also mandated the DTI to issue a list of compliant and/or certified brands and models that would fit to the technical regulations or product certificates of car seats.

Meanwhile, the DoTr earlier announced it will defer the full implementation of the law as it finalizes more effective law enforcement protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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