Get ready to pay Rs 1,000 fine if not wearing rear seat belt: Details

Wearing a seat belt at the rear has now become mandatory in Delhi. According to various media reports, the Delhi Traffic Police yesterday issued 17 challans to people who failed to wear seat belts at the rear seats. The offenders faced a penalty of Rs 1,000 each, said the police official.
The Delhi police conducted a drive on Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place to ensure compliance of the rear seat belt campaign.
According to a senior police officer, “A total of 17 court challans were issued during the drive from 11 am to 1 pm under Section 194B (use of safety belts and the seating of children) of the Motor Vehicles Act.”
The rear seat belt campaign recently has been implemented after Cyrus Mistry’s death in a car accident. As per the police officials, Cyrus Mistry (the former Chairman of Tata Sons) was not wearing the seatbelt at the rear.
Aalap Patel, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Traffic) said, “The legal provisions were already there but it has become a topic of discussion after the recent incident (Mistry’s death).”
“The Delhi Traffic Police is already running a campaign to spread public awareness regarding (the importance of) wearing seat belts. We are also taking legal action,” the police officer said.
On Tuesday, the Delhi Police shared a post on its Twitter handle to warn people not to “over-speed” and always wear seat belts while driving a car. The post reads, “Stay fine! Always #WearSeatBelt, whether you are in the front or back.”

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