Florida Day Care Centers – What Rules / Laws Apply to Seat Belts and Safety Restrains on Day Care Buses, Vans, and Vehicles?

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Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.001 – General Information, Florida Day Care Centers are required to follow certain rules when the day care center provides transportation to the children under the center’s care. Florida Day Care Centers must comply with the following rules:

1. Maximum Number of Passengers. The number of passengers transported in a vehicle may not exceed the vehicle’s manufacturer’s designated seating capacity or the number of factory installed seat belts.

2. Seat belts. Every child, when transported, must be restrained by a factory installed seat belt or federally approved child safety restrained. The only exceptions is if the vehicle is excluded from this requirement by Florida Statute.

Note: “Vehicles” are defined as those vehicles that are owned/operated or regularly used by the Florida child care facility, as well as vehicles that provide transportation through a contract or other agreement with an outside entity.

Compliance with Florida laws and regulations concerning Florida Child Care Centers and the care provided to children is critical to the safety and well-being of each child in a Florida day care center. Automobile accidents are a leading cause of childhood personal injuries or childhood deaths. Transportation provided in compliance with these rules ensures a child’s safety and well-being while under the center’s care, as well as reduces the severity of injuries that a child may sustain in the event an accident does occur.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Injuries, childhood personal injuries and other topics. A free book is available at Free Book for Parents – Helpful Information for Parents of Injured Children in Day Care Centers. The book is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Apple iBookstore.