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Opposition questions govt's seriousness to amend new Road Traffic Act

The Parliamentary Opposition is questioning the seriousness of the government's announced intention to amend the new Road Traffic Act to ensure that public passenger vehicles are exempt from using child restraint seats.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Friday announced a relaxation of the child restraint system requirement for public passenger vehicles.

He said the Road Traffic Act and Regulations will be amended to reflect the relaxing of the measure.

But opposition spokesman on Transport Mikael Phillips says this may not be done anytime soon due to the legislative timetable.

Mr Phillips says he is curious about the decision to allow the National Road Safety Council to review implementation of the  Road Traffic Act given the urgency.

Mr Phillips has also expressed disappointment in the government's failure to conduct a public education campaign on the new Road Traffic Act, given its far reaching impact.