One common question is this: “Are child car seats also needed in public transport?” The quick answer is, not yet. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is mandated by the law to study the use and the feasibility of using child restraint systems (CRS) in PUVs.
There is, however, a new suggestion on the use of CRS in public transport, this time from former senator JV Ejercito—the principal author of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act himself.
Bring your own child seats for TNVS or taxis
In an interview with DZMM TeleRadyo’s program Sakto, Ejercito said that for parents who intend to ride transport network vehicle service (TNVS) cars or taxis, it will be better for them to bring their own child car seat. “Siguro pag meron kayong sanggol, mas magandang meron na rin ho kayong car seat,” he said. “Siyempre hindi naman natin siguro mai-e-expect na ang mga taxis ay meron silang car seat.”
So, there you have it, folks. Only time will tell if the DOTr and the LTO will end up mandating the use of CRS in PUVs or not. As for private vehicle owners, it may be best to just wait for further advice from the agencies as regards the enforcement of the law, as there will be no apprehensions made for non-compliance in the meantime, anyway. And besides, kids shouldn’t be out and about yet, let alone riding public transport, so this should be the least of your worries for now.
What’s your take on the Ejercito’s statement, though? Share your thought in the comments. If you wish to read more about the law, you can check out our previous story here. While you’re at it, you can also read more on why a 4’11” child needs a booster seat and a 4’11” adult doesn’t.