The wearing of seat belts will now be required for all passengers in a vehicle, even those in the back seats, according to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, and breaking the law would result in penalties. Only two days before to the statement, Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of Tata Sons, had perished in a car crash outside of Mumbai. A subsequent police investigation found that he had not been using a seat belt.
Gadkari shared a video of himself appearing at an event to make the announcement on Twitter. Additionally, he said that the safety sirens, which usually sound when people in the front seats aren't wearing seat belts, will now also sound for people in the back seats. The Union minister made it clear that both small and large cars will be subject to the new regulation.
According to the Union minister, there is already a punishment in force for anyone who do not buckle up while seated in the front seats. However, even if passengers are seated in the back (backside) seats of a car, the new law will still penalise them for not fastening their seatbelts.