What is the rule regarding putting belt on the back seat? Why are experts demanding heavy fines?
After the death of Cyrus Mistry, there has been a demand for the use of rear seatbelts in cars.
It is necessary for the driver and the person sitting in the front seat in the car to wear a seat belt.
90 percent of Indians in India do not use rear seatbelts.
New Delhi. After the death of former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry in a road accident, there has been a demand for the use of rear seatbelts in cars again. The reason for this is that the car in which Cyrus Mistry was traveling on 4 September was a Mercedes GLS car. This car was considered a very safe car. It gets many safety features including seat belts and airbags for the rear passenger.
Mistry and three other people were traveling in the car when the incident happened. Cyrus Mistry was sitting in the back seat with Jahangir Pandole with him. Mistry and Jahangir Pandole died after the accident, while the driver and the passenger sitting in front were injured. Reports suggest that both Mistry and Pandole were not wearing seatbelts. This is not the first case when people sitting in the back seat without a belt in safe cars with multiple airbags and 5 star rating have been seriously injured in accidents.
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Are seatbelts mandatory for rear passengers as well?
Section 138(3) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (1989) states that a car in which a seatbelt is provided under sub-rule (1) or sub-rule (1-A) of rule 125 or rule 125, In that car, it is necessary for the driver and the person sitting in the front seat to wear a seat belt. Apart from this, seat belts are required for the rear passengers of 5-seater cars. Also, in such a 7 seater car, in which the passengers sitting behind are facing towards the front, it is necessary to wear a seat belt while walking in it.
How much is the fine?
Wearing seatbelts is mandatory by law and includes fines, but many people still don’t follow it. In 2019, the fine for not wearing seatbelts was increased from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000 in India under the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019.
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Why is there a demand to make strict rules
A study by the SaveLife Foundation in 2019 states that 90 percent of Indians do not use rear seatbelts. Apart from this, only 25 percent people use front seatbelts in the car. India tops the list of road accident deaths in the world, killing around 150,000 people every year.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 06, 2022, 12:07 IST