As you are all aware, the SLT and I have been on the gates before and after school for a number of weeks now. We have been alarmed by the number of children who are in cars without seatbelts on. Not only is this extremely dangerous but it is also illegal. The following guidance outlines the law on children in cars:
You (the driver) must make sure that any children in the vehicle you’re driving are:
- in the correct car seat for their height or weight until they reach 135 centimetres tall or their 12th birthday, whichever is first
- wearing a seat belt if they’re 12 or 13 years old, or younger and over 135cm tall
You can be fined up to £500 if a child under 14 is not in the correct car seat or wearing a seat belt while you’re driving.
You also need to ensure that children are not let out of cars that have stopped in the middle of the road as they are at risk of being injured by other vehicles. Children need to be escorted into the school by the adult bringing them to school. The safety of all of our children is of paramount importance to us as a school so we appreciate your support with this.