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India more likely to make rear seat belt reminders obligatory | Autocar India

Written by Sunny Kumar

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari stated {that a} draft notification detailing a penalty construction for rear-occupant seat belts in passenger autos will likely be issued quickly.

Union Minister of Highway Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari stated his ministry is making a seat belt warning alarm system necessary for rear seat passengers. Gadkari stated a notification can even be issued within the subsequent three days detailing a penalty construction for rear seat occupants who’re discovered not sporting seat belts.

  • Warning system for unbelted occupants presently just for entrance seats 
  • Authorities has additionally mandated six airbags
  • Over Four lakh street accident circumstances had been recorded final yr

Whereas street security and automotive consultants are stressing upon the dire want of utilizing rear-occupant seat belts in passenger autos, Gadkari too acknowledged the significance of buckling up on the again. The seat belt warning alarm is presently mandated for the entrance passengers, however it’ll now even be mandated for rear-seat occupants, he stated.

Addressing an occasion organised by Enterprise Normal on September 6, the minister stated, “The irritating beep will compel rear-seat occupants to belt up as properly.” 

Though a high quality of Rs 1,000 is already in place beneath Article 138 (3) of the Central Motor Car Guidelines (CMVR), the issue appears to be extra about person behaviour and implementing the laws. Most individuals in India overlook belting up within the rear seats of a automobile, typically assuming they’re in a a lot safer place since there is no such thing as a dashboard or steering wheel proper in entrance of them. 

Unbelted rear passengers pose danger even to belted entrance occupants

Crash assessments performed by the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS), a US-based non-profit organisation, counsel that if a automobile encounters a frontal collision whereas travelling at 56kph, the rear seat occupants will likely be despatched flying to the entrance. Because of this the rear seat occupants is not going to solely danger their lives but additionally the lives of occupants within the entrance, regardless of the latter sporting their seatbelts and the automobile being geared up with a number of airbags. 

Earlier this yr, the ministry had issued a draft notification to mandate six airbags in all passenger autos with a seating capability of as much as eight occupants, beginning October 1, 2022. Despite the fact that the automotive trade has reacted saying this may ship the costs of automobiles hovering, particularly these on the entry-level of the spectrum, the latest incident has once more introduced mild to the truth that seat belts stay the first technique of guaranteeing security inside a passenger car, adopted by airbags, that are the supplemental restraint methods.

Upward pattern of accidents in India

Gadkari’s assertion comes days after the latest street accident that resulted within the demise of former Tata Sons and Tata Motors chairman Cyrus Mistry. As per the most recent information on street security, there’s an upward pattern – each by way of accidents and the variety of lives misplaced within the nation. The Nationwide Crime File Bureau’s report on Unintentional Deaths in India 2021 launched final month experiences a complete of 4,03,116 street accident circumstances final yr. This is a rise of 13.61 p.c yr on yr. Whereas fatalities in street accidents have elevated by 16.83 p.c, from 1,33,201 in 2020 to 1,55,622 in 2021, a complete of three,71,884 individuals had been injured, up 11 p.c on 2020’s 3,35,000.

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