If a vehicle is immobilized for carrying a child without an appropriate child restraining system, how is it resolved?
Controls on the use of child seats in private vehicles have increased with the new law, particularly when children are in the car. Depending on each case, the police have to guarantee the safety of the child without causing too much inconvenience to passengers. The cost of immobilizing the vehicle is the responsibility of the driver.
What happens when the rear seat does not fit 3 seats because of the width of the vehicle? Can one travel in the front?
The new law doesn’t, at the moment, prohibit children from travelling in the front seat if there are free seats in the back, although it has been discussed at length during the last few months. It is possible as the regulations evolve within the law, to be approved in January 2015, that it could prohibit children from travelling in the front seat except for when it is not possible to install a child seat on the rear seats because they are occupied. This is a little confusing as first of all the law has to be published and then the regulations including the details of how it will work. However until the approval of the regulations children can travel in the front seat using the appropriate approved child seat for their weight and height. Remember that when travelling with a child in the front seat using a child seat it should be facing backward and it is ESSENTIAL that the airbag is deactivated.
With the new law is the use of a bicycle safety helmet for under the 16 year olds obligatory?
Yes, the use of a helmet for under 16’s cycling within a town or city is obligatory. On other roads it is obligatory for any child, under or over 16.
What is the penalty for a child being caught without a helmet?
The penalty for not wearing a helmet is 200 euros, the same as a motorcyclist caught without one. The person responsible for the fine is the child’s legal guardian. It is, however, worth remembering the protection it offers not the fine. According to a study by the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE the use of safety helmets prevents around 2 out of every 3 serious injuries or deaths. This makes them one of the most effective road safety measures, about the same level as seatbelts in vehicles.
At the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE we would like to remind that the goal of the reform of the road safety law is to increase the safety and protection of everyone and especially the youngest. To comply with and make aware the need to reach objective of zero: No road traffic accident victims.