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A father fastens the seat belt on his child’s car seat. — Bernama photo

KUCHING (Oct 26): The Sarawak Road Transport Department (JPJ) has clarified that the department is still in the ‘awareness stage’ for the enforcement of using car child seats in vehicles for children between the ages of zero and 12.

The department also said no enforcement orders have been issued for them to take action against drivers who are found to be transporting children between those ages without using car child seats.

This was in response to a statement made by Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Dr Azizan Abdul Aziz on Oct 24 who pointed out that there is no enforcement in Malaysia to use a child car seat despite the ruling which took effect on Jan 1, 2020 for private vehicles.

The statement by MMA followed a recent news report of a boy who was thrown out of a moving car that was making a U-turn at a traffic light intersection at Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra in Kota Bharu, Kelantan on Oct 17.

During the incident, the victim was also said to have been hit by two cars after he was ejected out of the vehicle.

He was later rescued from the middle of the road by passing motorcyclists.

In Malaysia, the Child Restraint System (CRS) regulation is gazetted by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) under the Road Transport Act 1978 – Motor Vehicles (Safety Seat-belts) (Amendment) Rules 2019.

On Jan 1, 2020, the law was implemented for private vehicles. The rules state that the CRS used in Malaysia must comply with the UNR (United Nations Regulation) standard (R44 or R129) and children must weigh less than 36kg, or with a height less than 136cm, or aged below 12 years-old.

The MMA also said much awareness is also needed on MyCRS, as well as the government’s subsidy programme for the B40 (low-income) and M40 (medium-income) groups for the purchase of child safety seats.


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