Rules for the transportation of children in different countries of the world

In our previous article, we told you about how and why you should offer transfers to families with children. Sometimes, your clients agree to book a transfer but don't see the need to pay extra for a child seat. Today, we're going to tell you about what your tourists risk and how to convince them to order a child seat.
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Rules for the transportation of children
in different countries of the world
Why your clients don't want to book a child seat
    These clients are often families with children aged 3 and older. Such parents think that their children are already grown and may use seat belts or just sit on their mothers' knees.

    Your main arguments for booking a child seat are the safety of a child and a large fine for violating car seat laws.

    Remember that a transfer driver has the right to refuse to transport his/her clients in case they didn't warn him/her about children. And this is not only losing money and paying extra for taking some other transport. This is also an angry client who will blame you for all this.
      If your clients are traveling to Europe or the USA, focus on a large fine.
      If they're going to Asia or Turkey — on their children's safety.
      Below, we'll tell you about the rules for the transportation of children in different countries:
      Rules for the transportation of children in the EU countries
        When traveling across Europe, children may use only seat belts if they are:
        • aged 12 and older and over 135 cm tall;
        • under 12 and over 135 cm tall;
        • aged 12 and older and under 135 cm tall.
        If a child is under 135 cm tall and under 12, a child car seat or booster seat suitable for his/her height and weight is required.

        Transportation of children under 3:
        • Such children can travel only in the back seat.
        • In some countries (Denmark, Lithuania, Portugal, Croatia, Sweden, and Estonia), such kids can travel in the front seat in case their child seat is rear-facing and the airbag is deactivated.

        Fine for violating the laws:
        • €35 to €400. The average fine is €100-200 (Spain, Italy, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and France).
          Rules for the transportation of children in Turkey
            Turkey is one of the most popular family destinations. Tell your clients about the local child car seat laws.
            • Children under 12 must travel in a child car seat or booster seat in the back seat of a car.
            • Children aged 12 or older can travel in a car using a seat belt.
            Fine for violating the laws:
            • 72 Turkish Lira or around €12.
              Rules for the transportation of children in Asian countries
                Here, all rules come down to one thing:
                • Only the driver and the front seat passenger must wear seat belts. Child car seats are not compulsory.
                This law is in force in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. In the Chinese city of Shanghai, a child car seat is compulsory for children under 4. And in India — for children under 13.

                Tourists may decide they don't need a child seat because they won't even be fined. In fact, even seat belts are rarely found in local vehicles.

                In Asia, it's common to violate the rules, not respect them. Yes, expenses are not an argument here. The main danger threatens children's health.
                    Tell your tourists about the local car accident statistics, constant violations of traffic rules, and the disgusting condition of roads.
                    Rules for the transportation of children in the Caribbean countries
                      In this region, car seat laws differ greatly. While in the Dominican Republic and Cuba it's enough to use seat belts, many mainland countries have clear regulations.

                      Here is an example. In Barbados, children under 4 must travel in a child car seat in the back seat of a vehicle. Children aged 4 and older — in the back seat using a seat belt. The fine for violating these laws is 500 Barbadian dollars (around €222) or up to 3 months of imprisonment.

                      In general, the situation in the Caribbean is similar to that in Asia — seat belts are compulsory, but cars don't have them and everyone ignores child car seats. At the same time, serious accidents are not uncommon here.
                          Rules for the transportation of children in the USA
                            The situation here is much more complicated. Each state has their own laws. However, they have some common rules.
                            • Children aged 8 to 18 must use seat belts.
                            • Children under 8 must travel in the appropriate child car seat.
                            • While children under 4 — only in the back seat of a car.
                            Many states require federally approved child car seats. That means all seats need to be tested and certified. Thus, it can be concluded that:

                            Car seats which travelers take from their own countries are automatically considered illegal here.

                            The fine for violating these laws is $10 to $500 depending on the state.
                                How to make a trip with a child as safe as possible
                                  Tell your clients about the advantages of booking a Kiwitaxi transfer with a child seat.
                                  • We pick a child restraint according to the car seat laws of a certain country.
                                  • Our restraints suit children's age and weight: an infant car seat for babies weighing up to 9 kg, a child car seat for children weighing 9 to 18 kg, or a booster seat for children weighing 13 to 36 kg.
                                  • Unlike old and sometimes dirty car seats provided by car rental companies, car seats in Kiwitaxi transfers are in good condition. They provide the highest level of children's safety during the trip.
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