The Automobile Association Philippines has thrown its support to the Child Safety in Motor Vehicle Act recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
As relayed by AAP Advocacies Manager Cynthia Reyes, club president Gus Lagman said that they are for Republic Act 11229, which Duterte signed on February 22.
Back in 2017, AAP pushed for a similar proposal.
However, what the club wants is that the law should state the minimum requirements to avoid the law being supplier-centric, Reyes clarified.
According to the World Health Organization, some 500 children die in road crashes daily.
Furthermore, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) stated that among the countries that have automobile associations, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea are the only countries in Asia that have seatbelt and child restraint laws.
AAP proposed the Child Restraint Bill of 2017 as a preventive measure to keep children safe when they are inside motor vehicles.
Basically, the Bill requires the driver of a motor vehicle to protect child passengers while inside a running vehicle on any road via the use of a child restraint system or child safety seat which is designed to protect children from being injured or killed should a vehicular collision occur.
Meanwhile, the creation of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) will start next week as the club will join the said hearing.