Qatar likely to make child car seats compulsory

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Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health has unveiled a new initiative aimed at creating awareness about the importance of using child passenger seats among parents, especially new mothers.

The initiative is said to be the first step towards introducing a law making the use of child passenger seats compulsory. There are plans to make seat belts compulsory for passengers in the rear seat as well.

Minister of Public Health, H E Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, inaugurated ‘Ghalai’, Qatar National Child Passenger Safety Program, a national initiative to ensure safety of child passenger at Women’s Wellness and Research Centre (WWRC).

The initiative is a collaboration between several governmental and private institutions including the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Interior (MoI), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Conoco Philips and Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co.

The Minister also unveiled the first Ghalai station at the WWRC, which is staffed by trained Passenger Safety Technicians, who will help parents fit child safety seats in their car. It will be operated and overseen by the Hamad International Training Centre at HMC. Parents will be able get their car seats fitted through appointments or as walk-in visitors.

Qatar is likely to make it mandatory soon that back seat passengers should also wear seat belts, a top official disclosed on Monday.

“The Traffic Department at the Ministry of Interior reviews the existing articles regularly. Seat belt for passengers sitting at the back is a priority for us,” explained Brig Mohamed Abdullah al-Malki, secretary-general National Traffic Safety Committee.

Published on 19 March 2019

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