Duterte defers implementation of child car seat law, MVIS no longer mandatory

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the deferment of Republic Act 11229 popularly known as the Child Car Seat Law.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement in his briefing on Thursday.

"Nagdesisyon na po ang ating Presidente. Ipinagpaliban po o deferred ang pagpapatupad o implementasyon ng child car seats," he said.

[Translation: Our President has decided. He has postponed or deferred the implementation of child car seats.]

The law requires car seats for children aged 12 and younger, with height shorter than 150 centimeters or 4'11'' to ensure their safety and prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. The Land Transportation Office clarified earlier that children above 4'11" could already use ordinary seat belts.

MVIS no longer mandatory

Meanwhile, Malacañang also announced that Duterte had ordered not to make mandatory the motor vehicle inspection system anymore.

"Hindi na po mandatory ang MVIS. Ibig sabihin, kinakailangan walang bagong singil, walang karagdagang singil sa pagpaparehistro ng mga sasakyan.)

[Translation: The MVIS is not mandatory anymre. This means there will be no additional charges when registering for cars.]

Roque added that Duterte made all the necessary considerations to cushion the impact of rising prices brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the African Swine Flu.

"Binalanse ng Pangulo ang pinagdadaanan ng ating mga kababayan sa gitna ng krisis na nararanasan...dahil po sa COVID-19 at African Swine Flu," Roque added.

[Translation: The President had to set a balance on what the Filipinos are going through at a time of crisis....brought by COVID-19 and African Swine Flu.]

The Child Car Seat Law, which was signed by Duterte nearly two years ago, took effect last February 2, but various groups called for further review of its guidelines amid financial constraints brought by the pandemic.

The implementation of the MVIS also previously faced criticisms, with motorists and lawmakers claiming that it could be an avenue for corruption by bringing billions of revenues to the private sector. Only 23 out of 138 private motor vehicle inspections centers in the country are currently operating.