The Montevideo administration already fines people who take children under 12 years old by car without a suitable child restraint system. In order to raise awareness about the importance of children traveling in child car seats, government employees have been trained on how to show drivers how they should install these devices properly and how to clear up any doubts they might have in terms of traveling with young children by car.
WHAT DOES THE LEGISLATION SAY?
Law No. 19,061 on Traffic and Road Safety which supplements law No. 18,191, establishes in article 1 that “children up to 12 years old are required to travel on the rear seats in accordance with the restraint systems and categories established in the regulations set forth by the Executive branch of government."
The law also indicates that “the same obligations in the previous section apply to adolescents up to 18 years old who are less than 1.5 meters tall”.
Furthermore, article 2 states that “drivers of mopeds, motorbikes and similar vehicles are prohibited from transporting children or adolescents of any age whose feet cannot reach the footrest of the said vehicles. The Executive branch will regulate alternative footrest systems.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST CRS
Choosing the best child restraint can be a daunting task. We need to take into account factors such as the child's height and weight, whether they can continue in a rear-facing position, the type of vehicle, the approval standards...
In this infographic we address which factors you need to be considering when choosing the most suitable child car seat for your child.