Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry passed away on September 4 in a car accident in Maharashtra's Palghar district. Following his death, a debate on the need for seat belts in the rear gathered pace. Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said wearing seat belts would be must for all passengers in a car, including those on rear seats, and flouting the rule will attract fine.
According to the NCRB report, in 2021, 155,000 people died in accidents on Indian roads. The number was up from 133,000 in 2020. Total accidents reported also rose to 403,000 in 2021, up from 354,000 from 2020.
Traffic fines have also been revised and it is important to note that a fine of Rs 10,000 can