Amid the issues surrounding the move of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to fully implement the law that requires children 12 years old and below to use car seats or booster seats, whichever is applicable, one netizen shared photos of her son who’s obviously too tall to need a booster seat in their car.
“Pwede na po ba ito? 🚙 😀,” netizen Justine Jan Bautista joked, sharing pictures of her tall son whose head was just a few inches away from the roof of their vehicle, an SUV at that!
“Nakabili na po ako ng malaki-laking auto, SUV na po ito. Ok naman po iyong seatbelt. Hindi po nasasakal ‘yung anak ko, kaya lang po baka magka-stiff neck po siya sa biyahe, sumakit ang likod, at baka mauntog kapag nag-sudden [brake].
Justine clarified that this is merely a joke, but netizens could not help but comment that she does have a point.
It can be recalled that after announcing that the car seat law will be implemented, LTO Director Clarence Guinto advised families with bigger, taller children to buy a much bigger car.
“Siguro ma’am laki-lakihan mo ang sasakyan mo. We will take note of that,” Guinto said.
“Kahit naman na kung more than 12 years old at mababa pa rin siya, meron na siyang capacity to react to a situation. Pero ‘yung 12 and below talagang dapat mayroon tayong child restraining seat.”
While the law itself was made for the protection of children, of course, a lot of netizens wish that the lawmakers didn’t base the law on the child’s age.
Moreover, a lot of parents are complaining because aside from the car seats being expensive, these are also bulky and would considerably take up space in the vehicle. Thus, it would badly limit the number of people that can fit inside the car.
With the law taking effect on Tuesday, February 2, violators will be fined from Php1,000 to Php5,000.