Do you need a car seat in a taxi for young children? It’s one of those questions you tend not to think about until it’s too late. Until the actual moment you are about to get in a taxi with a young child and it suddenly hits you. How safe will they be in a road traffic accident?
Is a car seat in a taxi needed for young children?
The law states that all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must be in a child car seat. The law is applicable to all children either under the age of 12 or 135cm in height. After whichever of these points they pass first, they must use an adult seat belt. Responsibility for ensuring that all children under the age of 14 are restrained correctly lies with the driver.
Having said that, there are a few exceptions to this rule, one of which is taxis, even for children under 3 years old. If a child car seat is not available in a licensed taxi or private car hire, the child may travel unrestrained.
This is the only exception made regarding car seats for children under the age of three. However, it’s important to note that the exception was made for practical, rather than safety, reasons. You should always do as much as you can to ensure a car seat is available. It will keep your child significantly safer during an accident on the road.
The same exception applies for children aged from 3 until 12 (or they reach 135cm in height). Children in this category can travel in the rear of a taxi with a normal adult seat belt in place.
The one thing that doesn’t change as the law moves through the ages is the necessity of wearing a seat belt. And with good reason. Though whiplash injuries following an accident on the road can be painful, they are nothing compared to the consequences of not wearing a seat belt.
Making a road traffic claim
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Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice