Large families may be exempted from child seat ruling

The mandatory use of child car seats will begin in January 2020, but the transport ministry says an exception could be made for those with large families, where space inside a vehicle would be a constraint, The Malay Mail reports.

Deputy transport minister Kamarudin Jaffar said the ministry is looking at providing some flexibility in the matter. He said that as an example, a family with four young children would find it difficult to fit that many child restraint seats (CRS) in a vehicle.

“Specifically for large families, an exemption might be given if the CRS is not installed depending on the number of children and the size of the vehicle. This is being considered by the ministry,” he told the Dewan Rakyat.

“Touching on large families with a lot of children, where four to five CRS might not fit in a car, I would like to say that the ministry considers the introductory period as a training period. There will be no punitive measures,” he added.

Earlier this month, transport minister Anthony Like had said that enforcement of the use of child seats would not begin straight away. He said that drivers will not be penalised for the first six months of the ruling coming into effect and will only be issued with a warning and a reminder to install the seats.