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Kid car seats mandatory from Sept 5

BANGKOK: The use of car seats or less-expensive car seat cushions for young children will be made mandatory from Sept 5 as announced in the Royal Gazette.

Safetytransport
By Bangkok Post

Monday 9 May 2022, 09:34AM


Photo: Bangkok Post

Photo: Bangkok Post

The requirement is being made compulsory under the Land Traffic Act, reports the Bangkok Post.

Section 123 of the law stipulates that children under six years old must be restrained in a car seat or a special seat for safety in a moving vehicle.

Details will be fleshed out in a specific regulation to be issued by the national police chief.

The law provides an exception for children who cannot be fastened to a seat for health or physical reasons.

Nikorn Chamnog, deputy chairman of the House committee which scrutinised changes to the Land Traffic Act, said since car seats are costly, retailing mostly at more than B10,000 apiece.

Because of that, the amended law allows the use of less expensive seat cushions priced around B600-700 each.

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The cushion enables the seat occupant to sit high enough for fastening with effective restraint, said Mr Nikorn, who is also chairman of the World Health Organization’s Asia-Pacific Regional Network on Road Safety.

The House committee studied the mandatory introduction of car seats in the Philippines and Malaysia, finding the requirement proved chaotic and difficult in early phases due mainly to the high price of car seats.

Mr Nikorn said motorists will need time to adjust, so police should be lenient regarding compliance and issue warnings at first rather than taking more serious action during the early phase of enforcement after Sept 5.

At the same time, however, a campaign should be launched to educate people about the measure and the steps needed.

Mr Nikorn said the government likewise should also consider lowering the import tax for car seats while promoting local production of the seats.

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JohnC | 10 May 2022 - 09:57:36

A step in the right direction but something that should have been made law 30-40 years ago. It will be interesting to see how many brown bears ignore this new law too (unless they can make some tea money from it).

Kurt | 10 May 2022 - 08:41:29

The idea to copy what is already normal thing in developed countries (incl. law enforcement!) is good. But there will be no enforcement in Thailand! Same as there is no enforcement to 'handle' motorbikes with families of 4 without helmet. Although it is easier for RTP to notice such motorbike driving violation than what is (not) inside a car. Again something what looks nice on paper.

charles | 09 May 2022 - 21:29:32

makes no sense when 10 times that number are being driven around on motorcylce also without helmets yet there is a law to use helmets 

maverick | 09 May 2022 - 13:17:14

Even if only a percentage of car owners comply its a step in the right direction - next step enforce laws around children carried on motor bikes - difficult with a total lack of reliable public transport but necessary 

christysweet | 09 May 2022 - 10:43:36

Another law to be ignored Please someone send a copy of the 'Broken windows' study  to everyone in govt- how not enforcing small laws leads to chaos  and  far  more impactful laws being ignored. 

 

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