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TODSS wants removal of requirement for taxis to have child seats

By Halshane Burke 

The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) wants the regulations governing child restraint seats in public passenger vehicles to be reviewed.

Under the new Road Traffic Act and regulations, taxi operators are required to use child seats when transporting children.

Egerton Newman, head of the transport operators grouping, says the requirement is impractical given the current realities.

"This is impossible and a dangerous risk to the commuting public," he argued, adding that this will cause operators to lose 25 per cent of their daily income since they will not be able to charge the full fare for spaces occupied by children.

"We cannot allow this to happen and [Transport] Minister Shaw will have to do the right thing and review with a bid to remove [this requirement]," he insisted.