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Safety Belts: Children

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many enforcement campaigns have been carried out on child car seats following the introduction of new child car seat legislation since 18 September 2006; and what level of compliance has been achieved. (148565)

Enforcement of the new legislation is an operational matter for the police. The information requested is not collected centrally.

Compliance with the new legislation has been encouraged by an extensive Department for Transport advertising campaign costing around £600,000. This offered advice to parents on how the new measures affect them and also on what is needed to comply with the law. The campaign included coverage on national television and radio, in parenting magazines and on-line, as well as the distribution of 3.5 million items of literature.

It is too early to provide meaningful information on what level of compliance has been achieved following the introduction of the new legislation on 18 September 2006. A survey in October 2006, available at http://www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk/campaigns/childseats/rates.htm did however compare the observed wearing rates for child restraints with the previous three surveys. This does show an increase since the April survey.