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In line with the official launch of Vehicle Safety Week 2019 at the MIROS PC3 crash testing centre in Melaka, deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail launched the Buku Garis Panduan Kerusi Keselamatan Kanak-kanak di Malaysia (guidelines for child restraint systems in Malaysia) today.
The child seat guide book is a strategic document developed by the Malaysian Institute for Raod Safety Research (MIROS) under the ministry of transport for the streamlining of ministries, departments and government agencies, as well as industry participants and the general public towards implementing the government’s policy for mandating the use of child seats in Malaysia from January 1, 2020.
The guide book outlines objectives and strategies for the certification compliance, procedures and enforcement of laws for child seat usage on road, and sales in both business premises and online, said MIROS. The child seat guide book was produced by MIROS under the transport ministry, with the cooperation of the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry (KPDNHEP), Royal Malaysian Customs (JKDM), the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the road safety department (JKJR).
The guide book for child seats also introduced the use of QR code labels for the purpose of recording information for child seats on the Malaysian market, as well as offering more detailed guides and references for consumers and enforcement agencies.
This QR code sticker measures 50 mm tall by 40 mm wide, and uses a white background. This will contain the seat’s certification details according to UN R44 or UN R129, instructions for installation and recommendations according to the weight and height of the child.
The decision to make the use of child seats compulsory in Malaysia is in line with United Nations (UN) regulations, said transport minster Anthony Loke Siew Fook. “This is a manifestation of the government’s efforts towards realising the Road Safety Plan 2014-2020 which aims to reduce the numbers of deaths and serious injuries in Malaysia by 50% by 2020,” he said.
Given that adding child seats into the vehicles of families will add cost and effort, what happens when parents and drivers are found to be not complying with the forthcoming regulations? This is about educating the public about the importance of child safety when travelling in vehicles, Loke stressed, and referred to the guide book for specific details; the document can be downloaded from the MIROS website, here.
“The government is very concerned with the matter of road accidents which cause deaths and injuries to children, because they will be assets to the nation by being the next wave for future development. We are all responsible for the creation of a safe and conducive environment for the development of people in this country,” said Wan Azizah, who is also minister of women, family and community development.
The move towards mandatory child seat use follows the statistics of 1,559 recorded deaths of children aged under 10 from 2007 to 2017, the deputy prime minister said. “One life is lost every 84 minutes to road accidents, and children are at great risk of injury when subjected to these situations, she added.