Road Transport Ministry issues draft notification for mandatory rear seat belt reminders

    Interestingly, the notification for mandatory rear seat belt warning makes no provision for side facing seats.

    Published On Sep 21, 2022 12:00:00 PM


    Road Transport Ministry issues draft notification for mandatory rear seat belt reminders
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    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a draft notification on mandating the usage of rear seat belt reminders in all passenger vehicles. The last date for public comments on the draft rules is October 5, according to the notification.

    • No provision for side facing rear passengers
    • Notification does not give details on penalties

    Road safety in India has recently regained focus in India, especially following the tragic death of Cyrus Mistry in a car crash. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari had announced that his ministry will be looking at making a seat belt warning alarm system mandatory for rear-seat passengers. 

    It is something we, at Autocar India, too have been pointing out for a while now that a simple rear seat belt reminder would go a long way towards instilling the habit. 

    What does the draft notification say?

    According to the draft, amendments to the Automotive Industry standards (AIS156) include making seat belt reminders mandatory for all 'front facing rear seats' as part of the standard safety equipment in M and N category of vehicles. While Gadkari had earlier said that there will be an additional penalty imposed on not wearing a seat belt, this has not been included in the draft notification.

    Earlier this year, the ministry had issued a draft notification to mandate six airbags in all passenger vehicles with a seating capacity of up to eight occupants, starting October 1, 2022.

    Uber, Ola direct their drivers to enforce rear seat belt usage

    Amid increasing focus on rear passenger safety, ride-hailing giants Uber and Ola have directed their drivers to ensure rear seat belts in all their vehicles are functional.

    Also See:

    Amazon, Flipkart stop selling seat belt alarm blockers in India

    Driver error, road design, likely reasons for Cyrus Mistry accident

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    dhruv nangia - 189 days ago

    why cant it be made mandatory that car doesnt start if seatbelt not on

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