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Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« on: May 22, 2006, 02:41:44 AM »
Claire is 14 months old and we are taking a trip to Chicago next week...I have heard that you travel mostly by cab.  We will have our car but to park at the hotel is $30 a day and there are no in and out privilages.  So we will be releying on mass transit.  Is it legal for her to ride in the cab without a car seat.  I know it isn't necessarily safe but I was just wondering if it is legal.  We will not be lugging a car seat up and down the magnificant mile!  Anyways just wanted to see of someone had experience with this. Thanks!
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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 14:43:17 PM »
I'm not sure about the states but in Canada it is definitely illegal. You might want to check with Illinois motor vehicle department as to their specific laws. Have a great trip.

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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2006, 22:37:43 PM »
Illegal here in the UK too, not sure about the USA but just think how dangerous travelling in any car with a LO who is not in a car seat is.... are you willing to take such a big risk?

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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2006, 22:56:12 PM »
I very much doubt it would be legal.
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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2006, 01:36:38 AM »
HI Claire,

I agree that it's safer so just bring it for ur lo's safety right?
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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2006, 03:48:10 AM »
I'm almost positive it is illegal.  I don't get downtown too much, but I know that there are free trolleys that you can take to certain locations, you don't need a carseat on those.  try this link for more info
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalDeptCategoryAction.do?BV_SessionID=@@@@1578254060.1148438752@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccdaddhkmfejmkcefecelldffhdfgm.0&deptCategoryOID=-536896557&contentType=COC_EDITORIAL&topChannelName=Dept&entityName=Transportation&deptMainCategoryOID=-536896085

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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2006, 04:26:25 AM »
I'm not sure about the states but in Canada it is definitely illegal. You might want to check with Illinois motor vehicle department as to their specific laws. Have a great trip.

Actually it NOT illegal in Cabs in Canada. They can't enforce it due to the multiple regulations of car seats. In Canada you can have children (even infants) in a cab without a car seat.
Doesn't mean you should, but you can.
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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2006, 04:40:14 AM »
wow that's crazy karita!! i have to admit that i was just in toronto and it was SUCH a pain in the butt lugging a carseat, stroller...etc everywhere - but i wouldn't have gotten in a cab with dd without it.
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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2006, 06:14:58 AM »
I'm guilty of doing it once  :-[

We got stuck out one day and DD was getting super fussy, and it was raining really hard and we couldn't walk :( She was 7 month at the time. I was so tence the entire time, but felt I didn't have a lot of choice. The driver was super careful and took the roads that had less travel.

But if it hadn't been so late and rainy and cold. I wouldn't have done it. I've never done it again, and I wont be.
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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2006, 08:28:32 AM »
i can see where it would be tempting to ditch the car seat and take a taxi with dd and i have similar thoughts about doing things quickly/easily (that don't quite fit into the safely criteria) with my ds sometimes but at the end of the day i can't bring myself to!  the worst case scenario is just too rotten.  i hope that you find a solution that lets you enjoy your visit and be safe x

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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2006, 13:41:49 PM »
I don't know about Chicago, but we're off to New York in a couple of weeks and I had the same concern. On the NYC transportation website it says:

"Drivers of yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles and their passengers, are exempt from laws regarding car seats and seatbelts.  Keep in mind, the TLC encourages everyone in the vehicle to buckle their seatbelts while riding in a cab.  There are no Taxi and Limousine Commission rules regarding this, as it is a State exemption. Passengers with children are encouraged to bring their own car seats, which the drivers must allow passengers to install."

I'd be super nervous travelling around a major city without our LO in a car seat. Luckily his seat clicks into the pushchair frame so we'll be taking the whole lot across the Atlantic with us. A pain I know but better safe than sorry.



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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2006, 13:57:37 PM »
I DO live in NYC and have never taken a cab with DD for this reason. She no longer fits into her infant seat and the convertible seat is installed in our car. So not sure what we would use in a cab.
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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2006, 02:10:49 AM »
I stand corrected...I had my dh check the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the section essentially states that the taxi driver has to ensure everyone under the age of 16 is restrained or the driver could be fined, but any child weighing less than 23 kg (a child for whom the restraints do not fit properly basically) is exempt. 

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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2006, 06:07:32 AM »
I think there are exemptions for babies in taxi's in the UK too  :o.
We are without a car for 6 months (except the odd weekend when we hire one) and are doing a lot of bus travel and walking. I am not familiar with Chicago but would also advise using public transport if possible - and using an umbrella fold stroller for walking in between.
Having said that I have not been able to get through a single bus trip without imagining what would happen if it crashed  :(. However, as DH pointed out when I told him this, at least the bus (being heavier) would not stop suddenly and is generally travelling slowly.
I hope you have a great holiday!  :)


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Re: Can my daughter ride in a taxi cab without a car seat?
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2006, 15:10:17 PM »
UPDATE!

We went to Chicago and we never rode in a taxi!  I guess I never thought about the bus!  Duh!  That is what we did.  We either walked or rode a bus.  It worked out great.  Some times we would take Claire out of the stroller and I would hold her her (when the bus was full) and DH would fold up stroller and be in charge of that.  But one time the bus was empty so we just wheeled her onto the bus in her stroller.  It worked out great and I didn't even stress over the taxi issue!

Thanks for all your help!

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