A measure that mandates the use of car safety seats for children was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Under House Bill 6938 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, children riding in private vehicles must use child restraint systems such as car safety seats that is "appropriate to the child's size, height and weight."
The measure also bans children below 12 years old from occupying the front seats unless the child can "properly fit in the regular seat belt."
"To guarantee the safety and welfare of infants and children and prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries, there is a need to require, regulate and promote, and inform the public on the use of child restraint systems in motor vehicles and provide access to safe, appropriate, quality and affordable child restraint systems," a statement from the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez read.
Once signed into law, the Department of Trade and Industry will be directed to come up with a set of standards for "child restraint systems that will be sold, distributed and used in the Philippines."
An implementing rules and regulations that will contain the penalties for non-compliant drivers, manufacturers, and sellers has yet to be formulated.