The new regulation was introduced by Minister Dipuo Peters, Department of Transport (DoT), and aims to protect young children. From the 1st May 2015, the regulation stipulates that all children under the age of three years old must be strapped into a child car seat when travelling in any vehicle. It was never compulsory for them to wear seatbelts or to be buckled into a suitable safety or restraint system.
According to the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), road traffic accidents are the leading cause of injury or death among children under the age of five, with most of these children not buckled up at the time. SAMRC reported that South Africa has among the highest number of road deaths worldwide, with an estimated 17 000 fatalities each year. For each of these deaths, it is reported that around four people are seriously injured.
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“South Africa has a sophisticated road network and some of the latest vehicle technologies, yet we have a tragic number of road injuries and deaths each year,” said Niel Langner, marketing manager, CTSA.
“We applaud and fully support the DoT for introducing this essential new legislation, which should help reduce the loss of lives, particularly among young children. However, it needs to be vigorously implemented and enforced by the traffic authorities, along with the existing regulations that require all vehicle occupants to be strapped in at all times,” concluded Langner.
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