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New Global Seat Belt and Child Restraint ’How To’ Manual Launched

9 February 2009

Now a new practical guide for policymakers has been published by the FIA Foundation, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the World Bank and the World Health Organization providing advice to public authorities on introducing laws and improving seat belt compliance.

The technical advice manual 'Seat Belts and Child Restraints' is one of series including advice on motorcycle helmets, speed management and combating drink driving published in the context of the UN Road Safety Collaboration.

The new seat belt manual was officially launched at an event in Costa Rica with the country’s Transport Minister Karla Gonzalez, Michael Schumacher and Make Roads Safe campaign ambassador Michelle Yeoh. Costa Rica ran a major national seat belt campaign in 2003-4, introducing new seat belt legislation, and launching a major awareness campaign backed up with police enforcement.

Costa Rica’s Transport Minister Karla Gonzalez, who received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2006 for leading her country’s ‘Por Amor’ (For Love) seat belt campaign, said: "Every step we take, however small it may seem, is gigantic when it comes to protecting our children. Child seats and seat belts are simple devices that offer immense protection for our children”.

Access to all other manuals and further technical advice is available from gTKP

RoadSafe is the Road Safety Champion for gTKP - a UK DFID partnership of global organisations, local policy-makers, experts and interested users working to make effective use of international transport knowledge.