Duterte thumbs down full implementation of child car seat law

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte is opposed to the full implementation of the controversial law demanding private motorists to use car seats for children, according to Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.

During the Laging Handa briefing on Saturday, Go said Duterte himself did not want to implement the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, which gained public uproar over confusing rules after the Land Transportation Office announced the mandatory compliance with the law on February 2.

"Not this time," Go said, quoting the country's top official.

"Hindi po napapanahon na i-implement itong batas na 'to," he added.

[Translation: It's not the proper time to implement this law.]

Amid confusion over the scope of its mandate and lack of preparation for its implementation, transportation authorities decided to defer the full enforcement of the law.

Under the law, private vehicle owners must use child restraint system for children aged 12 and below with height of up to 150 centimeters or 4'11'', to ensure their safety and prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.

LTO chief Edgar Galvante said during a virtual pressed last Tuesday motorists would need not worry about being apprehended or fined for now as they target to focus more on raising awareness about the law.

Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran also said the LTO may implement new guidelines in six months or longer until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.