New policy obliges drivers to provide child car seats for children under the age of four
The UAE Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft local policy to regulate child car seats in vehicles, as suggested by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology.
The draft policy aims to implement the highest standards of security and safety for children in vehicles, with the aim of reducing the rate of local accidents involving children, state news agency WAM reported.
The new policy obliges drivers to provide child car seats for children under the age of four.
Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, State Minister and chairman of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, said: "Studies have shown that collisions involving children without a seat belt while going through a windshield of a vehicle running at 50 kilometres per hour, is equivalent to the fall of an individual from the third floor of a building. Therefore, it is considered a deadly accident."
He noted that the new regulations will increase the likelihood of protecting children inside vehicles during accidents, adding that this is a practical step in reducing the rate of deaths.
The UAE’s policy to regulate child car seats in vehicles complies with the new amendments to the federal traffic law, which were approved by Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and came into force at the beginning of July.