The wearing of seat belts will now be required for all passengers in a vehicle, even those in the back seats, according to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, and breaking the law would result in penalties. Only two days before to the statement, Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of Tata Sons, had perished in a car crash outside of Mumbai. A subsequent police investigation found that he had not been using a seat belt.
Gadkari shared a video of himself appearing at an event to make the announcement on Twitter. Additionally, he said that the safety sirens, which usually sound when people in the front seats aren’t wearing seat belts, will now also sound for people in the back seats. The Union minister made it clear that both small and large cars will be subject to the new regulation.
According to the Union minister Gadkari, there is already a punishment in force for anyone who do not buckle up while seated in the front seats.
However, even if passengers are seated in the back (backside) seats of a car, the new law will still penalise them for not fastening their seatbelts.
As a result of their failure to use seat belts and the absence of front-facing air bags for the backseat occupants, Mistry and his companion died in Sunday’s vehicle accident while riding in the back seat of a luxury SUV.
Seat belt alarm stoppers are clips that can be bought in both physical stores and internet markets. They fit into the seat belt buckle and stop the beeping that constantly reminds drivers and passengers to buckle up.
People with knowledge of the situation claimed that Mistry’s car accident, which sparked talks on road safety, including car safety and road engineering, once again, has forced the transport ministry to take forceful action in four areas.
It includes outlawing seat belt beep alarm stoppers, requiring all automakers to install six airbags and three-point seat belts for passengers in the middle rear seat, ensuring that design proposals for new roads are more rigorously reviewed, making safety-related lapses in road engineering subject to severe fines to be paid by the concessionaire, and launching an intensive campaign to encourage the habit of wearing seat belts in cars, including those in the middle rear seat.
According to NCRB data for 2021, approximately 99,000 of the 1,55,622 people who died in road accidents in India were in the 18 to 45 age range, making up 63% of all fatalities on our roads.