- The DOTr and LTO is in favor of delaying the full implementation of RA 11229
- This is primarily because of the current pandemic
- Concerned agencies will also be conducting a press conference
Amid the growing public criticisms on RA11229 or Child Safety in Motor Vehicle Act, both the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) agreed that its full implementation should be deferred due to the current pandemic.
In a statement released on February 2, the same day the law was supposed to take effect, the DOTr clarified some issues that motorists themselves found to be confusing.
The department said RA 11229 is not just a policy or rule implemented by the DOTr nor LTO on its own volition and it specifically determines the age and height of the child to be covered, as well as the standard of child restraint and penalties to be imposed on violators.
“Its primary intention, as a matter of state policy, is to uphold the safety of children while aboard motor vehicles,” the statement read; citing a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) on seat belts and child restraints.
An Enforcement and Communications Planning Workshop on RA 1122 was initially scheduled in March 2020 but was cancelled due to the pandemic and quarantine restrictions. The plan to conduct a nationwide information, education, and communications (IEC) also did not push through because of the same reason.
“Both the DOTr and LTO are in agreement that a deferment of the full implementation/enforcement of this new rule is warranted, especially given our current economic situation amid this still raging pandemic,” it added.
Earlier, the LTO clarified that no fines will be imposed yet on violators but they will be given warning and information materials instead.
The concerned agencies conducted a press conference on Tuesday, February 2, in hopes of discussing a more effective and coordinated implementation of the law.