Child Car Passenger Advice

Child Car Passenger Advice
Child Car
Passenger Advice
Using a child car seat or booster seat
Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years
old or 135cm tall.
Types of child car seat
Children with disabilities
Which child car seat to use depends on the
child’s weight.
The same rules apply for children with
disabilities unless a doctor says they’re
exempt on medical grounds. They can also
use a disabled person’s seat belt or child
restraint designed for their needs.
Type of seat
Weight
Rear-facing baby seats
Babies up to
13kg
Forward or rear-facing
baby seats
Children from
9 to 18kg
Forward-facing child car
seats (booster seats)
Children from
15 to 25kg
Booster cushions
Children over
22kg
Only EU-approved child car seats can be
used in the UK. These have a label showing
a capital ‘E’ in a circle.
Fitting a child car seat
You must:
• only use a child car seat with a seat belt
that has a diagonal strap - unless it’s
specifically designed for use with a lap
seat belt
Minibuses
Minibus drivers and companies don’t have
to provide child car seats. You must provide
your own if you want to make sure a child
has one.
Children 3 and older must:
• use a child car seat if there’s one
available in a minibus
• use an adult seat belt if child seats are
not fitted or are unsuitable
All children must travel in rear seats (ie any
seats behind the driver) if a child car seat
or an adult seat belt isn’t fitted.
• deactivate any front airbags before fitting
a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat
• not fit a child car seat in side-facing seats
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When a child can travel without a car seat
A child can travel without a child car seat in some circumstances.
Taxis and minicabs (private
hire vehicles)
No room for a third child
seat
In a licensed taxi or minicab:
Children under 3 must be in a child car
seat. If there’s no room for a third child seat
in the back of the vehicle, the child must
travel in the front seat with the correct child
seat.
• children under 3 years of age can travel
without a child’s car seat or seat belt,
but only on the back seat
• children aged 3 years or older can travel
without a child’s car seat if they wear an
adult seat belt
Unexpected journeys
If the correct child seat isn’t available,
a child over 3 years of age can use an
adult seat belt if the journey is all of the
following:
• unexpected
• necessary
• over a short distance
You can’t take children under 3 in a vehicle
without a seat belt or the correct child car
seat (except a taxi or minicab).
Children over 3 years can sit in the back
using an adult belt.
Vehicles without seat belts
Children under 3 must be in a child car
seat. If there’s no seat belt, they can’t
travel.
A child over 3 can travel in a back seat
without a car seat and without a seat belt if
the vehicle doesn’t have one.
And remember you must wear a seatbelt
at all times on a journey, unless you
reversing or have an exemption certificate
and have notified your insurance company.
Penalties for non-compliance of seat belts and car booster seats
For non-compliance a fixed penalty notice will be issued (as at August 2013) for £100.00
Information supplied by Department of Transport. Visit the full website for further
information of the child regulations for car travel www.gov.uk
Community Safety Department Police Headquarters March 2014.
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