Child Passenger Safety Malaysia (CPSM) has applauded the Transport Minister’s announcement that the government will regulate and enforce the use of child restraint systems (CRS) or child safety seats in cars as a mandatory application beginning from 2020.

Since its inception as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) two years ago. CPSM has been urging the government and authorities to take a firm step by advocating and encouraging the public, especially parents, to use child safety seats such as infant carriers, convertibles or boosters for their kids in vehicles.

According to PDRM Crash Statistics (Annual Report of 2017), there were 449 road passenger casualties involving children up to 10 years old. CPSM is therefore delighted that the Transport Minister takes a serious view on the safety of children in vehicles and is making use of child safety seats compulsory in two years.

Over the past 2 years, CPSM has been working to raise awareness among the public on the importance of using CRS and child passenger safety in general. “We hope that CPSM will be included in the discussions by the Ministry and respective road safety agencies on the planning and execution of the campaigns as we have at least around 30,000 parents, in our database, that have been supporting the ‘Rakyat Malaysia’ movement for safer roads and travelling for children,” the organisation said in a statement.

“From today onwards and until the day CRS or child safety seats are regulated fully in 2020 and beyond, CPSM will be working harder to convince parents and also persuade the public at large to embrace child safety seat as the way forward for our future generations. To echo the advocacy plan by the Transport Ministry and Road Safety Department next year, CPSM has already lined up several campaigns such as the ‘Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification’ course in April 2019, among others, with the aim to increase the number of trained advocates of child passenger safety in Malaysia,” the statement added.

Depending on the age of the child, there are different childseats available and some car companies also offer them as accessories. On the left is Volkswagen’s integrated childseat for bigger children and on the right is a childseat for smaller children which Perodua offers as part of its GearUp range. In both instances, the seats can be installed easily and securely using the ISOFIX points that come with most cars today.

CPSM has charted a few advocacy programmes and communication plans beginning this month. It will step up the effort by conducting safety seat checks on child safety seats purchased and used by parents in several states starting from the northern region in the first quarter of 2019, to teach and guide parents to install and use child safety seats the correct way. There will also be community talks and classes and also articles about child passenger safety in several publications.

Member of the public who wish to know more can visit CPSM’s website at cpsmalaysia.org or send email to [email protected].

[Chips Yap]

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