It’s better if parents bring own child car seat when riding TNVS, taxis – Ejercito

Former senator JV Ejercito said that parents who will ride taxis or transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units with their kids may bring their own car seat in order to ensure the safety of their children.

“Siguro ‘pag mayroon kayong sanggol mas maganda meron na rin kayong car seat,” Ejercito said during an interview over TeleRadyo on Friday. “Siyempre hindi naman natin siguro ma-expect na ang mga taxis ay meron silang car seat.”

Ejercito, the principal author of RA 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, said that according to their research, there are car seats that are being sold between P2,000 to P3,000.

“Siyempre may kamahalan po ang car seat sa market pero ‘yung sa amin pong research… ‘yung car seat ranges from P2,000 up to P3,000. Ang importante po rito basta may ICC approval o sticker, ibig sabihin dumaan na po sa DTI ito na product testing. So hindi naman po siguro ganun kamahalan kasi nga as long as may P2,000 to P3,000 meron na pong car seat na may ICC approval,” Ejercito said.

He added, “Sa taxis, they are already equipped with seat belts. Pwede na po silang gumamit ng car seat. Sana po ay preferably meron na po yung parents na sasakay ng halimbawa Grab or taxi,” he said.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) earlier said that there will be no apprehensions yet for violators of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act.

In a press briefing, LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said that the agency will first focus on a massive information, education, and communication campaign about the newly-implemented law and will not issue citation tickets to violators.

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