Cyrus Mistry Death Lesson: Transport Ministry to change seatbelt rules for rear passengers
New Delhi : Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari talked about the road safety measures and negligence by the people after a famous industrialist Cyrus Mistry died in a car crash. Mr Gadkari said that people in India do not wear seatbelts while sitting in the rear seat, the case with Cyrus Mistry that took his life.
"Cyrus Mistry was a close friend, making any comment on the reason behind the accident will be too early to say; however the investigation is on and the prime agenda for the nation is road safety," Nitin Gadkari said in an interview.
Mr Gadkari also mentioned that we already have a law that says seatbelt is mandatory for rear passengers, but to implement it strictly, the authorities will now impose a penalty of Rs 1000. The Central government is also planning to make seatbelt alarm system mandatory for the rear passengers.
According to a recent road ministry report, the number of persons killed and injured due to not wearing a seat belt during 2020 stood at 15,146.
Cyrus Mistry and one of his friends lost their lives in a car crash as they were returning to Mumbai from Ahmedabad.
Mistry and Jahangir were sitting in the back and not wearing seat belts as per a preliminary probe, a police official said, adding that over-speeding and an “error of judgement” by the driver caused the accident. The luxury car was speeding when the accident took place, police said.