PER I TURISTI STRANIERI: GUIDARE IN ITALIA • CARRYING

PER I TURISTI STRANIERI: GUIDARE IN ITALIA • CARRYING
PER I TURISTI STRANIERI: GUIDARE IN ITALIA
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CARRYING CHILDREN SAFELY
Children up to 1.5 m in height must always be placed in an approved restraint system or seated in
a child seat suitable for their weight. Children over 1.5 m in height must wear ordinary adult seat
belts.
The driver, or the adult accompanying the minor, is responsible for compliance regarding the use
of an appropriate restraint system/child seat or seat belts.
FINE for non-compliance (article 172, paragraph 10, Italian Highway Code): 80 to 323 Euros.
PENALTY POINTS on driving licence: -5 out of 20 full starting points.
CHILDREN TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TIPS:
1) The most appropriate child restraint:
• is suitable for the child’s weight
• bears the European type-approval label (ECE R 44-04).
2) Fitting the child restraint properly:
• Fully comply with the manufacturer’s instructions
• If the car is equipped with an Isofix system the child restraint is more safely installed,
being directly and rigidly attached to the car structure
• it is forbidden to fit the child restraint rearward facing on the front seat, unless the airbag is
turned off.
3) Placing the child correctly in the child restraint:
• Make sure that the diagonal belt passes across the child's shoulder rather than neck
• Make sure you fasten seat belts correctly so as to secure the child in the seat
• Take off child’s fluffy garments before placing him/her in the seat.
Please note that a collision at 15 km/h (9.321 mph) can be fatal for a child not secured with
appropriate child restraint. In a crash at 56 km/h (34.7984 mph), a child weighing 15 kg (33, 07 lbs)
develops a striking force equal to 225 kg (496, 04 lbs). No matter how tightly you try to hold the
child, he/she would be ripped from your arms.
Road accidents are the first cause of death in Europe for children aged 5 to 13 years old: 12,000
minors die on the roads each year, 5,000 out of them are children.
About 40% of the European children are transported by car without child restraint systems
and more than 50% are placed in inadequate devices (that is, not complying with the international
standards, not matching the child’s weight or wrongly fitted in the vehicle).
PER I TURISTI STRANIERI: GUIDARE IN ITALIA
GROUPS OF RESTRAINTS
Group
Safest seat for the
restraint system
Safest position for the
restraint system
Up to 10 kg about 12
months old
Group 0
Rear seat
Rearward facing
Up to 13 kg about 24
months old
Group 0+
Rear seat
Rearward facing
Rearward facing, up to 2
years old, if indicated by
model instructions.
Forward facing for all other
models
Weight / Age
9 to 18 kg 9 months
to 4 years old
Group 1
Rear seat
15 to 25 kg 3 to 6
years old
Group 2
Either front or rear seat
22 to 36 kg 5 to 12
years old
Group 3
Either front or rear seat
Forward facing
Forward facing
CHILDREN ON MOTORCYCLES
Only one passenger aged at least 5 can be carried on a motorcycle, provided the child can seat
comfortably balanced and wear an EU homologated helmet.
FINE for non-compliance of age limit (article 170, paragraph 6bis, Italian Highway Code): 160 to 641
Euros.
PENALTY POINTS on driving licence: 0 out of 20 full starting points.
FINE for non-compliance of compulsory helmet for the child aged at least 5 (article 171, paragraph
2, Italian Highway Code): 80 to 323 Euros.
PENALTY POINTS on driving licence: -5 out of 20 full starting points.
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