In order to improve road safety and promote responsible travelling, Delhi Police has started a drive to fine occupants for not wearing a seatbelt while sitting in the rear in a car.
This drive, which has been in effect in West Delhi since 13 January, will continue till 23 January, 2021.
Source: India Times
This drive is in place only in the western regions of the national capital. However, the traffic police wants to expand it to other regions as well.
Along with this, the traffic police will be fining motorists who do not have rearview mirrors on two-wheelers. According to the authorities, it has become a common sight among two-wheeler riders in Delhi to have vehicles without rearview mirrors.
The West Delhi Traffic police, in a notification, specified that the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 and Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 have provisions for wearing rear seat belts and having rearview mirrors installed on two-wheelers.
The Motor vehicles Act will charge a hefty fine on the driver and front passenger for not wearing seat belt, which is why it has become a common practice among car users. However, almost all rear occupants in cars do not wear seatbelts.
In case of an accident, this poses a serious risk to the passengers. As for two-wheeler users, many of them remove rearview mirrors for aesthetic reasons. However, this is a dangerous practice as it prohibits from keeping eye on the traffic behind them.
Source: Car Blog India