By Shahrim Tamrin
Kuala Lumpur, Oct 30, 2018: The long- awaited announcement to regulate child restraining system (CRS) or the usage of child car seats in private cars and lower price for child seat is finally out.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said today that the mandatory application of child seat in cars will begin in 2020.
Stating that the government is committed to improve road safety in the country, Loke said advocacy steps to educate the public especially parents to use child seats will begin soon.
“We will start with advocacy early next year and we want to go for advocacy and awareness programmes throughout next year,” Loke told press conference after the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting of Road Safety Council at Sunway Putra Hotel this afternoon.
He said the Ministry has been mulling about regulating the use of child seat for the past few months and instructed the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) to conduct feasibility study on the matter since May.
When asked if the government could help make child seats more affordable for parents, Loke said the Ministry has proposed to the Finance Ministry to provide tax exemption for the child seats as part of the Budget 2019 this Friday.
“We want to bring down the cost when purchasing child seats. We have proposed if SST could be exempted for this item, reducing import tax duty and also other tax incentive,” he said, adding that the cost of a child seat is a bit high currently.
Loke clarified his decision a few months ago not to continue the policy made by previous administration to enforce the rule next year.
“We feel there were not enough suppliers and stock in the market to bring the cost down. We want to make sure that the industry is ready and the people must be aware on the importance of having a child seat before we initiate this compulsory move,” he said.
Loke also pointed out that there would be a similar campaign to remind public on the use of rear seat belts.
“We will include it (rear seat belt) as part of the fresh approach together with communication campaign for child car seats. We are not focusing on child safety alone. We want the passengers in the back seat to buckle up too,” he added.