Children in rear seats must buckle up beginning Aug. 1


TAIPEI–A regulation making it compulsory for children traveling in rear seats of vehicles to wear seat belts will take full effect Aug. 1 after a six-month grace period, with violators liable to fines of up to NT$6,000 (US$200), the transport ministry said yesterday.

The regulation stipulates that children younger than 1 or weighing under 10 kilograms must be put into infant seats.

Children between 1 and 4, or who weigh between 10 kg and 18 kg, must sit in child seats, while those aged between 4 and 12 or who weigh between 18 kg and 36 kg must either sit in booster seats or wear regular seat belts, depending on their size.

Fines for violators will be up to NT$3,000 on city streets and highways, and could range from NT$3,000 to NT$6,000 on freeways and expressways, the ministry said.

The policy was introduced Feb. 1 on the basis of an amendment to the Act Governing Punishment for Violations of Road Traffic Regulations last year, which mandated that backseat passengers must buckle up.