Cape Town - All drivers transporting children under the age of three will be liable to pay a fine if the child is not strapped into a car seat.
This amendment to the National Road Traffic Act, which takes effect on April 30, will mean that drivers giving a friend with children under the age of three a lift will be liable to pay a fine of between R200 and R500 if caught.
Department of transport spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso said the circumstances leading to a child travelling without a car seat is not the state’s concern as the driver needed to take the responsibility.
“We hope traffic officials won’t have to go out of their way to remind parents of their inherent responsibility as we will rely on their co-operation,” said Rikhotso.
With car seat prices ranging from R800 to R5000, Rikhotso said parents would have to cut down their expenses to make sure their children are safe.