The situation of anti-abandonment seats , strongly desired by the former transport minister, is unclear, but still stable.
The law actually entered into force on 7 November 2019, but the mechanisms for its application are still largely shrouded in fog.
There could be fines that start from 81 and reach 326 euros, with the reduction of five points on the license and the possible suspension of the same from fifteen days to 2 months. This is on paper, but the Chamber is preparing the postponement of the fines directly to March 2020 .
In all this confusion, the government has always proposed help to parents, corresponding to the provision of a bon us that contributes to the outlay for the purchase of anti-abandonment devices. We try to take stock of the situation, updated in mid-November.
Anti-abandonment devices: the characteristics
The obligation regarding the installation of child seats defined as anti-abandonment, or a device to add to those you currently have, and concerns the transport of children up to the age of 4.
The problem is that, to date, no manufacturer is really ready yet: not for lack of initiative, but for the lack of clarity and too suddenness that accompanied the entry into force of this new standard, literally approved today. to tomorrow, which has left everyone blown away.
The official entry into force of the law was in fact scheduled for next year, and instead the Decree appeared in the Official Gazette of 23 October 2019 , with effect from 7 November .
Why this rush? Apparently, to get ready for the “world day of children’s rights” on November 20.
But to allow guardians and parents to make a thoughtful purchase, several elements are missing: these devices must necessarily comply with the law, but it is not clear how. To date it seems that in order to be in order in the event of controls by the police, they must necessarily be accompanied by the certificate of conformity which is provided directly by the manufacturer.
Furthermore, the device must guarantee a warning in case of abandonment, with a simple and automatic mechanism, which does not require any intervention by the driver: if you do not remove the child from the seat, the device will go into alarm and remind you that perhaps you have really need some rest. In addition, many of these aids can be connected via bluetooth to your smartphone, which will therefore become even more influential within your lives.
The economic contribution for the purchase
After this lightning law, we await the latest provisions on the disbursement of the long-awaited purchase contribution. The methods of accessing the anti-abandonment seat bonus are not clear, so the only useful advice is to keep the purchase receipt and wait for the next few days for the promised updates.
From the Ministry website: “In order to facilitate its purchase, a fund was established in the tax decree and the recognition of an economic contribution of 30 euros for each alarm device purchased.”
But who, and above all how, can join the contribution of thirty euros for the purchase of anti-abandonment devices?
Who benefits from the child seats bonus
The child seats bonus is officially provided for in the 2020 Tax Decree , and will not necessarily be paid as a tax deduction, but also as a direct discount on the purchase. But who will have the right?
The resources available are 15.1 million euros for 2019 and one million for 2020, and the rules are made by the Implementing Decree of MIT, 15 days after the entry into force of the Tax Law Decree.
For the Codacons, which had proposed it as free help to families, these figures are too low, and will only be able to satisfy half a million families against the 2 million that would need them. For this reason, the race is expected to obtain the benefit that would not be related to income.
“ In the last 10 years, as many as 8 children have died in Italy because they were forgotten in the car, and in this sense measures to safeguard the health of minors are absolutely positive. However, when an obligation is introduced, safeguards for families must also be envisaged: this is why we ask that child seats be totally free for parents, also in order to avoid ignoble speculations on the need to protect children. ”
But full coverage of expenses with the 2020 child seats bonus seems really impossible. The most plausible hypothesis is that the contribution (or at least the total of resources) could be increased, but nothing is yet certain.