Worried over having to shell out for an expensive new child car seat? Well, if Congress gets its way, you can rest easy for now.
Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon recently bared that members of the House Committee on Transportation are looking to recommend the suspension of Republic Act No. 11229’s implementation, and that a discussion to file a bill to do exactly that is now ongoing. RA 11229 is also known as the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, and by operation of the law, it should have taken full effect on February 2.
According to Biazon, the intent of the RA 11229 itself is good, but how the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) plan to implement it raises a lot of questions. Biazon added that the creation of “fitting stations,” where child seat products will be inspected and installed, is something he finds problematic.
“Isang point na gusto kong i-raise sa implementation ng law, yung nilalaman ng implementing rules and regulations (IRR) na pinatupad ng DOTR at LTO. Specifically, ito yung pagbuo ng tinatawag na fitting stations,” he said in a statement.
“Ang problema natin diyan, aside from wala kasi yan sa batas, ang sistemang ipapatupad sana nila ay meron pang accreditation. In other words, meron pang certain number of fitting stations na bibigyan ng accreditation ng LTO para magsagawa ng fitting ng child restraint devices,” Biazon stressed, adding that the accreditation process could present “an opportunity for corruption.”
Man, we do not envy the position the LTO and DOTr are in right now—already, a resolution has been filed in the Senate also pushing to stop the implementation of RA 11229. Do you think the implementation of the law will be suspended? Let us know in the comments.