UAE’s first holistic seat belt survey – Part 2 – Seat Belts & Children

  • Poor behavior of adults translates into poor habits to protect our children
  • High knowledge level about the protective powers of children restraint systems
  • 1/3 of needing motorists do not have proper child seats or booster cushions
  • Reasons for ‘non-ownership’ are identified and need to be tackled
  • Existing restraint systems are only used to 70%
  • Reasons for ‘non-use’ are identified and need to be addressed
  • Young motorists and Emiratis need to be educated and engaged

Road Safety UAE and QIC Insured publish the 2nd part of the UAE’s most holistic seat belt survey. The focus is on children’s seat belt use. The survey was conducted in February 2017 and is based on a representative sample of more than 1,000 UAE residents.

Part 1 of the survey already showed, that UAE’s motorists display a limited understanding and low usage of back-seat belts and also, that only a small percentage of motorists ‘always’ prompt all passengers, including children, to wear their seat belts.

Thomas Edelmann, Founder and Managing Director of Road Safety UAE: “The poor behavior of adults translates into poor habits to protect our children. We see 1/3 of motorists failing to provide proper restraint systems for their kids and the identified reasons need to be addressed. The main message is a very simple one: ‘IF YOU LOVE YOUR KIDS, BUCKLE THEM UP, ON ALL TRIPS!’. It is of key importance to educate parents about the undebatable benefits of proper children restraint systems.”

Frederik Bisbjerg, QIC Insured Executive Vice President, MENA Retail states: “The implementation of the holistic UAE seat belt law as of July 1, 2017 is a big step towards more road safety for children, as proper child restraint systems will become mandatory. Besides parents, also kids must be educated from a very early age about the protective powers of child seats, seat belts and booster cushion. The concerned stakeholders in the public and private segments, and especially the education sector, are challenged to step up to the challenge to protect our children and to educate them about safe conduct in vehicles.”