Mum praises new child restraint law


The new law that children must be in an approved child restraint until at least their seventh birthday is a sensible move, says local mother Rose Hyslop.

The law comes into force on November 1 and the New Zealand Transport Agency is urging parents and caregivers to plan ahead to ensure that they can comply with the new rules.

“It seems the sensible thing to have them secure in their car seats,” said Mrs Hyslop.

“It’s reassuring as a parent to know they are still researching these things all the time.”

The current law requires children to use child restraints until their fifth birthday, and children aged five, six and seven to use an approved child restraint if one is available in the vehicle. If not, they must be restrained in any child restraint or safety belt that is available.

Transport Agency road safety director Ernst Zöllner said the new rules will help to keep more children safe on New Zealand roads.


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