The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is asking for road safety officers’ help with a project to establish a national database for child car seat use.
TRL has been carrying out research for the DfT for more than 75 years and the TRL Child Safety Centre (CSC) currently provides evidence and guidance to UK and EC policy makers in the area of transport safety relating to children.
Marianne Hynd, head of TRL CSC, said: “We have been working with various road safety professionals to establish a national database for child seat use. There are many fit checking clinics held throughout the UK and we are working to coordinate the collection and analysis of the information gained during these exercises.
“We have developed a questionnaire which we believe captures the essential information needed to allow useful analysis. In parallel with developing the form, we have also constructed the database.
“By collecting this information on a national scale, the intention is to provide analysis of a large dataset to those who contribute data to the scheme.
“The information will help road safety professionals to optimise their strategies for safety advice and will help us feed into future policy regulating child car occupant safety.”
TRL CSC is now making the form available to road safety professionals for use at child car seat fitting clinics, on the understanding that the scanned information comes back to TRL for inclusion in the database.