Petition to waiver customs duties & VAT plus set shipping fee on children's car seats
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DID YOU KNOW- Regular Seat belts are only designed to restrain people who are 4'9" tall and weigh at least 80 pounds- that is a child of age 8-12 years old. Before that a child is not safe without a car seat and we ask the government to give all children in St Lucia the chance to be safe and protected.
Its a terrifying problem with a very simple solution. This is just the first step necessary to pursue a much bigger mission- to make car seats mandatory in all vehicles on island and enforce a penalty to those carrying children not securely and suitably fastened in.
With limited shops selling car seats on island and extortionate amounts being charged by those who do sell them, it is simply not an option for many. Amazon US sell car seats that adapt and can hold a child from 22-110llbs for $40-60us. This is a reasonable fee for something you will use daily for years. However once you pay the shipping & handling (most car seats are 16-20lbs heavy at least) plus the (ableit small) duty and VAT on top of this it makes it more difficult and less likely that people will be able to buy one.
We request that this duty and VAT is wavered 100% and that shipping companies are given a set shipping/handling fee to bring these in. This will of course have to be controlled to avoid people bringing them for resale but the basic fact is that there should not be a charge of any type on our children's' safety. Once a reduction in cost has been achieved it will be a lot more possible to make them a mandatory requirement on island.
We ask that the St Lucian Government encourage and enforce what should be a standard practice and road requirement.
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