The transport of children in either public or private vehicles must always guarantee maximum protection in an accident. For journeys in a taxi within the city or an urban area the regulation exempts the use of child seats for children under 135cms in height so long as they travel on the back seats. For journeys on the highway the regulations insist on the mandatory use of child seats. Should this not be adhered to the person responsible is not the taxi driver but the adults responsible for the child: parents, teachers or whomever assumes responsibility for the child at that moment.
Taking into account the use of child restraining systems reduces deaths in a traffic accident by between 54% and 80%, depending on age and type of collision and that in urban areas where there are stretches of road that permit a speed limit that exceeds a safe limit in an accident, the MAPRE FOUNDATION insist upon the use of a child seats in taxi’s too.
Although there may be no fine for a child travelling in a taxi without a child seat or cushion in urban areas and on the back seats, an urban accident is still dangerous and can have tragic consequences; our responsibility is to ensure the use of safety seats.
For the safety of our youngest, whenever we can, when using taxis we should carry a seat with us. If the trip is unexpected it’s worth trying to order a taxi equipped with an approved child restraining system.