Nursery Today magazine

i-Size car seat regulation now in force

The legislation to allow the use of i-Size child restraints (UNECE Regulation 129) is finally in force in Great Britain since its ratification in July 2013.

However, manufacturers and suppliers of child car restraints should be aware that this new regulation does not replace the current one (UNECE Regulation 44) but runs parallel. Therefore child restraints complying with either regulation may continue to be sold and there is no requirement for carers to purchase a new restraint if they are using one which meets the current regulation.

Robert Anslow, BPA managing director, explains: “It is great news that this new regulation is now in force having been delayed by the Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts by Children in Front Seats) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 and The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seatbelt) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2015 which completed parliamentary processes coming into force on 27th March and 1st April 2015 respectively.

“The introduction of the regulation has caused some confusion and retailers selling child car restraints and parents and carers using them are advised that as long as they comply with either UNECE Regulation 129 or UNECE Regulation 44 then they meet the requirements of the law.”

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