Motorhome kids need boosting too
The law came into effect on September 18 and states that children up to the age of 12 – or up to 135cm tall, must use a booster seat or cushions in any vehicle.
Importantly for families with motorcaravans, children under 12years old or 135 centimetres are not permitted to travel in side facing seats – even if booster seats are fitted. A spokesman from the department for transport said: “Because the body bends forward from the waist and not sideways, the potential for spinal and internal injury is greater when sitting in a sideways seat, which is why these seats have been included in the new law.”
Booster seats cost between £10 and £100 – but if you’re stopped by the police you could incur a £30 on the spot fine or up to £500 if the case goes to court.
It is estimated that these changes could prevent over 2000 child deaths or injuries each yaer.
For more information on the law and where to buy child seats visit www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk