Kerala Transport Commissioner has issued orders that all passengers travelling in the motor vehicles, which have been fitted with seat belts, both in the front and rear seat to wear seat belt compulsory.
Road Safety Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh, who is also the State Transport Commissioner, said all Regional Transport Officers had been asked to carryout checks to book the offenders.
According to a recent World Health Organisation report, India has the highest number of road deaths in the world - 105,725 in 400,000 accidents, followed by China (96,611), the US (42,642) and Russia (35,972). Of these deaths, 25 percent can be avoided by wearing seat belts.
The violation of provisions of rule 138 (3) would constitute an offence punishable under Section 177 of the MV Act of 1988 and would attract a fine of Rs.100 for first offence and up to Rs.300 for second and subsequent offence. Those violating the rule will also be booked under Section 184 of the MV Act for dangerous driving.
The Commissioner had issued necessary orders to all Regional Transport Offices in the state that strict checks should be initiated in this regard, a release said here today( 4th June 2014).
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The Transport Commissioner also said, citing the experts opinion, that the impact of the accident could be possible to reduce by 95 per cent if the passengers wear seat belts.