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Transport and Practicalities

Practical tips for travelling with children
Travelling with children can be a bit like taking a herd of wild goats on holiday! Whether they’re your own or someone else’s, factoring a child’s needs into your travels involves a lot more than sticking on a CD full of pop music and making toilet stops. The link below has two writers sharing their hard-won wisdom. First up, mum of two Hayley Spurway offers advice on travelling with toddlers, then Ross McGovern reveals how he manages to travel with older children. Visit http://www.roughguides.com/article/20-tips-for-travelling-with-children/

Travelling with children need not be such a hassle. This article outlines the 50 top tips for travelling with a child, including low cost options and keeping them entertained!

 

Public transport in the North East – Bus/Metro/Rail/Ferry
For all transport information in Tyne and Wear including ticket prices and time tables, please visit http://www.nexus.org.uk/. This web site covers bus, metro, rail and ferry.

 

Travelling with children in a car/taxi – the law
The law requires all children travelling in cars to use the correct child restraint until they are either 135 cm in height or the age of 12 (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions, and the main ones are set out below. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law.

1) Children up to 3 years old

In the front seat, the child MUST use the correct child restraint and it is illegal to carry a child in a rear-facing child seat in the front, which is protected by an active frontal airbag. In the rear seat, the child MUST use the correct child restraint.

In a licensed taxi or licensed hire car, if a child restraint is not available then the child may travel unrestrained in the rear. This is the only exception for children under 3, and has been introduced for practical rather than safety reasons. You should always think about ways to make sure that a child seat is available. It is the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that the child is correctly restrained.

2) Children aged 3 and above, until they reach either their 12th birthday or 135cm in height

In the front seat - the child MUST use the correct child restraint. In the rear seat - the child MUST use the correct restraint, where seat belts are fitted. There are three exceptions where there is not a child seat available. In each case the child MUST use the adult belt instead. They are –

• in a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle;
• if the child is travelling on a short distance for reason of unexpected necessity;
• if there are two occupied child restraints in the rear which prevent the fitment of a third.

In addition, a child 3 years and over may travel unrestrained in the rear seat of a vehicle if seat belts are not available. It is the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that the child is correctly restrained.

3) Children over 1.35 metres in height, or who are 12 or 13 years old

In the front seat - the adult seat belt MUST be worn if available. In the rear seat - the adult seat belt MUST be worn if available. It is the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that the child is correctly restrained.

4) Passengers Over 14 years old

When travelling in the front or rear seat, an adult seat belt MUST be worn if available. It is the responsibility of the individual passenger to ensure that they are wearing the seat belt.

More information can be obtained from https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/overview