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Child restraint and booster seats on Uber and GrabCar

The child restraint and booster seat requirements has been the most wildly debated topic among private-hire drivers recently. There were even instances where passengers got violent when private-hire drivers declined to pick up passengers with infant or child below 1.35m.

GrabCar driver declined to pick up the couple with a child below 1.35m as he did not have a child seat with him at that time. As a result, an ugly argument ensued.

What does the Singapore Regulations say ?

According to the Road Traffic Act (Chapter 276), Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Wearing of Seat Belts) Rules 2011, Passenger below 1.35 metres in height to be properly secured by approved child restraint, etc.

8.—(1) Where a person below 1.35 metres in height is a passenger of a motor vehicle to which these Rules apply, no person shall use the motor vehicle unless the passenger is properly secured by —

  1. (a)  an approved child restraint appropriate for a person of that height and weight; or
  2. (b)  a body-restraining seat belt in the manner set out in rule 4(2) when seated on a booster seat cushion or when using a seat with an adjustable seat belt approved by the Registrar.

(2) This rule shall not apply in relation to —

  1. (a)  any taxi, if the person below 1.35 metres in height is a rear seat passenger of the taxi; or
  2. (b)  anybus, other than a small bus that is used for the conveyance of any child to or from his school.

What Uber say ?

You think, I thought, who confirm ?

We decided to double confirm with on the child seat requirement for any persons under the height of 1.35m.

Uber acknowledged the presence of the Road Traffic Act that stipulates child restraints or booster seats mandatory for anyone below the height of 1.35m.

response to rider – “Inform your driver you have a child under 1.35m so that the driver can provide you with a child seat”.
response to driver – “If you wish to carry persons under the height of 1.35m, we recommend that you ensure that the person is seated with an approved child restraint or booster seat”. 

No child seat or booster seat how ?

Buy a car seat and keep in the car or join GrabFamily

Advise Rider to request for GrabFamily – the vehicles are equipped with child seat, specifically created to cater to this category of riders with small children below the height of 1.35m