Child seats and the law


In September of 2006 a child seat law came into force. The law specified what type of seat should be used when transporting children.  

The child seat law makes these specifications based on the age, weight and height of the child. The guidelines state that: 

  • If a child is under one-year old and less than 13 kg, a rear-facing baby seat is required. The seat should not be placed in the front of the car if an active airbag is used
  • Between the ages of nine months and four years and the weight of nine and 18kg, a forward-facing baby seat should be used. An overlap of three months and four kg between categories has been placed so that parents do not have to make the change on a specific date
  • Once the child is between the ages of four and six, the child seat law requires drivers to have a booster seat in the car as long as the child weighs between 15 and 36kg
  • Between the ages of six and twelve a booster seat or a cushion can be used if the child is over 25kg and under 36kg.

Under the child seat law it is the responsibility of the driver to comply with the regulations.  If you are a driver and you are found not to have the proper seat for the child you are carrying, you may be fined up to £30 on the spot, or up to £500 in court. If the reason for not having the appropriate seat is a valid defence you will be excused. For example, if you are giving an unexpected lift to your child’s friend and you do not have the appropriate seat than you should not be liable for a fine.

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

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