The Road Safety Department (JKJR) will be meeting stakeholders in the automotive industry after Hari Raya Aidilfitri to discuss the possibility of making the child restraint system (CRS) affordable.
The department aims to do this by proposing that car manufacturers make child car seats part of the optional accessories for new car purchases by year-end.
In a report by The Sun, JKJR director-general Datuk Arifin Che Mat said the department aims to talk to national car manufacturers Proton and Perodua, foreign car companies as well as child car seat distributors.
He said car dealers could offer attractive prices for young parents to buy the car seats for babies and toddlers when ordering a new car.
“If the car companies agree to our proposal, we believe it can increase the demand for child car seats and reduce prices,” he explained.
Arifin hopes to encourage parents to buckle up their children while traveling.
The road safety advocate is adamant in “encouraging parents to buckle up their children while travelling” in the next 12 months.
Arifin, who was the former deputy director-general of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) before his promotion as JKJR chief two weeks ago, has ideas for road safety programmes in the country.
“One step at a time. I want to increase awareness among parents on the importance of CRS,” he said.