Sgt John and Humphrey say – Road Safety Around Schools Begins With You.
To provide the best protection for children travelling in cars, it is important to use the right restraint. Children should only move up to the next type of restraint if they have outgrown their current one. For children 4 to 7 years, look for a seat which is tall and preferably has an adjustable head rest. An adult seatbelt won’t generally fit a child properly until they are at least 145cm tall. Children should remain in a booster seat until they can wear a seatbelt safely.
Infants up to six months old must be restrained in an approved rearward facing infant restraint which cannot be fitted to a front seat (where the vehicle has two or more rows of seats).
Children aged between six months and four years old must be seated in either an approved rearward or forward facing child restraint i.e. a safety seat with inbuilt harness, which cannot be fitted to a front seat (where the vehicle has two or more rows of seats).
Children from the age of four to seven years must use either an approved rear-ward facing infant restraint or a forward-facing child safety seat with an inbuilt harness and cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle that has two or more rows of seats, unless all the other seats are occupied by children who are also under 7 years.
Children 7 years and over are required to be restrained in an approved child restraint (child safety seat or booster seat depending on their size) or a properly fitted and adjusted seatbelt.