Following the fatal accident of a couple and their newborn on the Damansara-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE) last weekend, child safety seats could soon be a must-have item in a car as the Road and Transport Department (JPJ) is reportedly in the process of amending the Road and Transport Act to make it mandatory to have a child restraint system.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail is said to have told members of the media that such tragedies was getting out of hand, and that a legal deterrent was needed to compel parents to have Child Restraint Systems or child safety seats.
He was also quoted saying that the chambers would engage the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to amend the Road Transport Act 1987 to include a clause to make it mandatory to have a restraint system for children or face a fine similar to passengers not buckling up their seat belts.
JPJ Enforcement Chief Jaafar Mohamed was also reported saying that the department was all for the proposal to have the act amended, and would engage the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) to work out the details of the new law.
“It shouldn’t have to take a piece of legislation to make you parents care for the safety of your children. You buckle up because it is required by the law … But if you, as caring parents, use common sense, you wouldn’t risk your child being thrown out of your car,” Mohamed said.