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Keeping kids safe in taxis and rideshare vehicles

If you need to travel in a taxi, Uber or Lyft in Louisiana and you have a child with you, you may be wondering what the laws are and how you transport them. Although there are specific laws that dictate you need to use the proper safety restraint in your own vehicle, the rules are less clear in other types of vehicles. If you are traveling with children, it is important to keep them safe even if it is inconvenient for you.

According to kidsridesafe.org, the laws regarding child restraints in a rideshare vehicle in Louisiana are not clear. While the law states that the driver of a vehicle is responsible for ensuring the safety of a child passenger, it does not specify if this extends to rideshare drivers as well. It also does not say if the driver needs to supply the right restraint system. As a parent, however, you should do your best to carry your own car seat or booster, or request a vehicle that has what you need.

When it comes to taxis, saferide4kids.com states that most states exempt taxis from child restraint laws, which means you can legally ride in one with your infant or child not properly restrained. However, for your child's safety, you should follow certain guidelines. In the event you are without the proper restraint and need to take a taxi, one of the worst things you can do is belt the child onto your lap with you. It is better to place and belt up the child in his or own seat next to you. An even better option is to use a travel vest that is easy to carry with you.   

 

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