State Laws for Child Safety Seats in Rideshare Vehicles

Traffic Safety Pulse - March 2019

The face of transportation is changing, with lots of new ways to get places, including ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft. However, with new choices come new questions, and parents and ride-share drivers often wonder what the rules are when transporting children in ride-share vehicles.

A new  website by  Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the Texas Transportation Institute has been created to help parents, caregivers, and drivers of ride-share vehicles better understand the laws and regulations surrounding child passenger safety. The site includes a state-by-state guide to help parents understand regulations and responsibilities, whether they're looking for information on their home area or are planning a trip. Links to actual regulations for each state are also featured.

Of course, the safest way to transport children is to always use an appropriate child restraint system, so the website includes a page of resources to help you determine what seats are good choices for children of a variety of ages and sizes, whether you are a ride-share caregiver who wants to transport your own kids or a ride-share driver looking to make your rides more flexible for families.

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