No child car seat? No fines for now, says DOTr and LTO

Published February 3, 2021, 12:23 PM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation (LTO) is now joining forces with Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Education (DepEd) and the private sector in coming up with an effective information, education, and communications (IEC) campaign with regards to the Republic Act 11229 or Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act. This was posted by Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Goddes Hope Libiran in her Facebook page yesterday, February 2. This law states that children under 12 years old or below 4’11” in height are not allowed to sit in front, unattended by any guardian, and are required to use the Child Restraint System (CRS).

DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade and LTO assistant secretary Edgar Galvante also both announced that there will be no fines despite RA 11229 being implemented yesterday, February 2. Instead, concerned agencies are working together so that everyone, especially children, parents, guardians, teachers, and law enforcers, will completely comprehend what this law is required of everyone. There will also be no apprehensions while this campaign is ongoing.

“Remember that what we are doing is of good intentions, and it has passed the Congress and signed by the President last 2019. The goal of this law is to protect the children from car accidents. According to DOH last 2019, there are two children who die in Metro Manila daily due to road-related accidents,” the Libiran added.

“We seek the coopration and help of everyone so that we can reduce, to the barest minimum, the incidents where the children get into accidents,” Galvante said.