New car seat law can FINE drivers R$ 1,467, check it out!

According to the new car seat law, drivers can receive larger fines if they do not have the appropriate equipment when transporting children.

With the start of the new school year, children’s safety in traffic becomes an even greater concern for parents and guardians.

Correct use of a car seat is an essential safety measure and a legal requirement in Brazil, as established by the Brazilian Traffic Code (CTB).

Failure to comply with these regulations can result in significant fines and points on your driver’s license.

Fine and points for not using a car seat

Brazilian legislation is clear regarding the mandatory use of car seats when transporting children in the car.

The lack of adequate equipment results in a fine categorized as very serious, in the amount of R$1,467, in addition to the addition of 7 points to the driver’s license.

Criteria for using a car seat

Article 64 of the CTB specifies that children under 10 years old and less than 1.45 meters tall must be transported in the rear seat, using a booster seat or car seat appropriate to their age, weight and height.

The rules vary depending on the age group:

Up to 1 year or 13 kg: Baby comfort or convertible. 1 to 4 years or 9 to 18 kg: Car seat. 4 to 7.5 years or weighing 15 to 36 kg and up to 1.45 m tall: Booster seat .

Exceptions to the rule

Despite the strictness of the regulations, there are vehicles that are exempt from the mandatory use of car seats, as stipulated in Resolution 819/2021 of the National Traffic Council (CONTRAN).

This measure includes some exceptions to the supervision of the use of child restraint equipment, adapting to the reality of different types of vehicles and specific situations.

Suspension of mandatory use of vans and school buses

In December 2016, CONTRAN suspended a law that would make monitoring the use of car seats in vans and school buses mandatory from January 2017.

The decision was based on technical, economic and social obstacles that hindered the implementation of the standard, in addition to the lack of suitable child seats for lap seat belts.

The National Driving License (CNH) scoring system in Brazil is a tool used to monitor and penalize drivers who commit traffic violations.

This system assigns points to the driver’s license each time he commits an infraction, and the accumulation of these points can lead to penalties, including suspension of the right to drive.

CNH score

Under the new law, the point limit for driver’s license suspension varies according to the severity of the infractions committed within a 12-month period:

20 points: If the driver commits two or more very serious infractions. 30 points: If the driver commits one very serious infraction. 40 points: If the driver does not commit any very serious infraction.

Furthermore, professional drivers have a uniform limit of 40 points, regardless of the severity of the infractions.

Types of infractions

Traffic infractions are classified into four categories, depending on their severity: mild, medium, serious and very serious. The number of points attributed to the driver’s driver’s license depends on this classification:

Light: Brings 3 points on your driving license. Example: Park the vehicle 50 cm to 1 m away from the sidewalk guide (curb). Average: Leads to 4 points on the driver’s license. Example: Driving at speeds up to 20% higher than the maximum speed allowed for the location. Serious: Causes 5 points on your driver’s license. Example: Going through the red traffic light. Serious: Causes 7 points on the driver’s license. Examples include driving under the influence of alcohol, refusing to take a breathalyzer test and overtaking in a prohibited place.

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