Transfer of minors in vehicles
The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, through CONASET, made a change in the Traffic Law that increases the safety requirements for the transfer of children, in order to reduce deaths and injuries in traffic accidents. On March 16, 2016 came into force this new law that extends the age of prohibition of transfer of children in the front seat until age 12.
They must be transported in the back seat, always using the appropriate seat belt or child restraint system. Previously, the Traffic Law prohibited the transfer of children under 8 years of age in the front seats of vehicles. As of March 2017, the second part of the law will enter into force, forcing motorists to transport children up to 9 years of age in child restraint systems, or a height of 135 centimeters and 33 kilograms in weight.
Currently they must do it until the 4 years. Finally, the sanctions for not carrying a child in this system, becomes a serious fault to a very serious. This amounts to a fine between 1.5 and 3 UTM (approximately between $ 66,000 and $ 132,000), plus the driver license suspension of between 5 and 45 days. Equal fine will have those drivers who transfer children under 12 years in the seat of the co-driver.