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Belt, alarm mandatory for rear seats also in car: Gadkari

It will be mandatory for automakers to introduce alarm for the rear seat belts also, the Minister said following the death of former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry in a car accident on Sunday.

Gadkari now admits that faulty project reports (DPR) are responsible for several of the road accidents, but doesn't commit if the national super highways will undergo a structural survey. Highways are conceived and built for super speeds. The question of over-speeding does not arise.

If the concrete dividers on the high-speed Mumbai highway had no bottleneck or at least the passengers on the rear seats were wearing seat belts, the tragic deaths would not have happened, India Travel Times had reported soon after the accident.

NEW DELHI, Sept 6: Following the death of former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry in a car accident on Ahmedabad-Mumbai highway on Sunday, the Centre has announced that seat belt is mandatory for all passengers sitting in a car. An order to this effect will be issued soon.

"It will now be mandatory for all the people sitting in a car to wear a seat belt," Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.

"After the death of Cyrus Mistry, today the Government has taken a big decision for the safety of the backseat passengers. A seat belt is required for the back seat," Nitin Gadkari said. Mistry and his friend who was also sitting in the rear seat were killed when their Mercedes going at high speed rammed a lane divider.

The lanes with concrete dividers were merging and had constriction on the approach to the bridge on Surya river in Palghar district which is not visible from high-speed vehicles. If the concrete dividers on the high-speed Mumbai highway had no bottleneck or at least the passengers on the rear seats were wearing seat belts, the tragic deaths would not have happened.

Nitin Gadkari said that the Government is also planning to make it mandatory for the automakers to introduce alarm for the rear seat belts. Addressing the media, he said, "Because of the death of Cyrus Mistry in a car accident, we have taken a decision that there will be a seat belt beep system for the rear seats also in vehicles."

"We will issue a draft notification in 3-4 days," he said. Currently, it is mandatory for all vehicle manufacturers to provide seat belt alarms only for front-seat passengers.

After Cyrus Mistry's death, experts had pointed out lapses in road transport as well as traffic control.

Gadkari said violators of this rule would be punished with a fine. He was addressing a Business Standard programme in New Delhi to celebrate India@75.

Earlier, on Monday, Gadkari had said faulty project reports are responsible for several of the road accidents. "Some DPRs (Detailed Project Reports) prepared by companies are worst and are responsible for road accidents," he said.

According to National Crime Records Bureau data, over 1.55 lakh lives were lost in road accidents across India in 2021.

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