Booster seat law


Parliament introduced a child-booster-seat law that came into force in 2006. The child-booster-seat law specified particular types of seats that should be used by drivers when carrying children under the age of 12 years.

The child-booster-seat law specified exactly what type of seat should be used, depending on the age and size of the child. For children up to 12 months old a rear-facing baby seat should be used (if the baby also weighs up to 13kg). From nine months to four years a forward-facing baby seat should be used (if the child also weighs between 9 and 18kg). Note that there is a three-month and three-kg overlap between the categories, to allow for a greater degree of safety. When the child is between four and six years of age drivers should have a booster-seat in the car, assuming the child weighs between 15 and 36kg. Once a child is between the ages of six and twelve, a booster-seat or a cushion should be used, as long as the child weighs between 22 and 36kg.

The responsibility for complying with the child booster seat law falls on the driver of a vehicle rather than the parents (although this will be the same person for the vast majority of cases). The fines you might have to pay for not complying with the law are up to £30 on the spot and up to £500 in court. There is, however, a built-in exception in the law which specifies that when you provide a child with an unexpected lift on a non-regular basis you will not have to comply with the law on that occasion. An example of such an occurrence might be when you decide to drop off your child’s friend from school.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on the child booster seat law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist family/ child solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local specialist family / child solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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