The death of the former head of Tata Sons, Cyrus Mistry, has created a lot of concerns regarding road safety measures in India. To prevent any further accidents on the road, the government plans to make it mandatory for automakers to introduce a seat belt alert system for the rear seats as well, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said. Currently, all car manufacturers are required to provide seat belt reminders only for front seat passengers. With this step, the government expects that road accidents that take lives will decrease by a large number and people will become more careful because the traffic police will now pose a heavy challenge.
Addressing Business Standard to celebrate [email protected], he said- “Due to the death of Cyrus Mistry in a car accident, we have made a decision that there will be a seat belt beep system for the rear seats as well in the vehicles.”
Although the failure to wear seat belts by passengers in the rear seats attracts a fine of Rs 1,000 under Rule 138 (3) of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR), most people are either unaware of this mandatory rule or just ignore it.
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Even traffic police rarely fine passengers sitting in the back seats for not wearing seat belts. According to a recent report by the Ministry of Roads, the number of deaths and injuries due to not wearing a seat belt during the year 2020, reached 15,146 and 39,102, respectively.
(with input from PTI)