As of May 1 it will be illegal to transport a toddler under three years of age in a car without a suitable child seat. This latest piece of legislation is the result of a safety push by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters who introduced the new regulation to the National Road Traffic Act.
Unfortunately not all SA motorists can afford a car seat for their little ones. Those who are unable to come up with necessary cash can turn to firms such as Wheel Well, which have taken up the mantle to try to procure old children’s car seats via donations and hand them off to less fortunate families.
In conjunction with Renault SA, that provides the nationwide drop off points via its dealer network as well as funding for the project, Wheel Well has distributed a total of 4 213 child safety seats to the end of January 2015.
“While we now have the capacity to clean, refurbish, repair and distribute 200 seats each month, in order to reach this goal, Wheel Well remains dependent on car seat donations – in particular, booster seats.” Should anyone be able to assist Peggie Mars, they are urged to drop off any unwanted equipment at their closest Renault dealership.
If any readers of this site are willing, we urge you to dust off that old car seat sitting in your spare room or garage and donate it to this worthy cause. For more info Peggie Mars can be reached on 072 388 7121 or by email at [email protected]