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Ninety Percentage Of Indians Still Do Not Wear Rear Seat Belts: Report

by Rishika Gupta on January 12, 2019 at 3:47 PM
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 Ninety Percentage Of Indians Still Do Not Wear Rear Seat Belts: Report

Indians still not ready for the road, nearly 90% of them were found not to wear rear seatbelts in the backseat, finds a new report.

About 90 percent of people in the country risk their safety by not using rear seat belts despite over 70 percent affirming to its presence in their cars, a report by Nissan Motor India and SaveLIFE Foundation said on Friday.


The report titled "Rear Seat-Belt Usage and Child Road Safety in India" was released by Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at an event at the India Habitat Centre here.

"As India continues on its trajectory of rapid infrastructure growth, the role of road safety acquires immense importance. Through a combination of policy and awareness creation measures, the government has given road safety the critical importance it deserves," the Minister said.

"I would like to laud this initiative and the willingness of corporate India and civil society to work together to make road safety a people's movement."

Besides the rear seat belt usage, the study also focused on the safety of children during the commute and revealed that two-thirds of respondents believed that Indian roads were unsafe for children.

"This report becomes especially relevant in light of the latest data released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways according to which 9,408 children lost their lives to road crashes in 2017. This translates to nearly 26 child deaths on Indian roads every day," SaveLIFE Foundation Founder and CEO Piyush Tewari said at the event.

He asserted that the report builds a strong case for a comprehensive national road safety law, or the passage of Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill to bridge the policy-implementation gap and build a robust enforcement mechanism for better compliance.

Tewari said it was high time that basic provisions such as child helmets, safety measures in school zones, child seats, special training for the school bus and van drivers, and adult accountability should be made mandatory across the country.

Commenting on the launch of the report, Thomas Kuehl, President, Nissan India Operations, said: "While there have been various initiatives undertaken to raise awareness around road safety in India, the importance of wearing rear seat belts has been completely neglected."

"Our strategic partnership with SaveLIFE Foundation and SHARP will set a strong base to bring attention towards this important issue. The first phase of our campaign will focus on reaching out and educating over 200,000 children in 240 schools across 12 cities on the usage of rear seat belts and road safety."

The study covered 11 Indian cities and recorded responses through 6,306 face-to-face interviews, 100 in-depth expert interviews, two focused group discussions, and on-site observations to gauge compliance of CBSE School Bus guidelines as well as usage of rear seat belts.

Source: IANS


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