Uber India asks drivers to ensure seatbelts: On September 4, former Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry died in a car accident on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.
According to the seven-member forensic team investigating the accident, failure to fasten seatbelt was the main cause of death of Cyrus Mistry, who was sitting in the rear seat of the vehicle at the time of the accident.
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Since then, the issue of installing seatbelts on the rear seats of vehicles has been a hot topic in India. Especially when the country’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari himself had talked about provisions like fines if the person sitting in the back seat does not wear a seatbelt.
And now this issue is not only limited to discussion but its effect is also visible. In the same vein, leading American cab service provider Uber has instructed its driver partners in India to ensure that the rear seat belts of their vehicles are also usable and if they are not, to fix them immediately.
Yes! in fact Reuters According to Uber’s report, Uber has issued an advisory to its drivers in India, which states:
“To avoid any fines or passenger complaints, please ensure that the rear seats of the vehicle are seatbelted and in proper use position.”
Interestingly, the report also cited sources as saying that Uber is also testing its vehicles at some airports in India to see if its driver partners comply with seatbelt rules.
But make it clear that no official statement has been issued by Uber in this regard nor has any such advisory been sealed.
It is worth noting that according to reports, an employee of the company said that its (Uber) rival Ola had also issued a similar advisory to its drivers a few weeks back.
It is a common practice in India that most car or taxi owners keep the seat covers on their back seats just above the seat belts, making it almost impossible to use seat belts on the back seats.
Uber India asks drivers to ensure seatbelts
That’s why Uber has given clear instructions to drivers in its advisory
“Under no circumstances hide the seatbelt under the seat cover on the back seat, please remove the cover if it is already there.”
The move comes at a time when the country’s government is trying to take several drastic measures to improve road safety. For your information, the World Bank said last year that one person dies every four minutes on India’s roads.
Although in India it is already mandatory for backseat passengers to wear seatbelts, most people do not follow it. Most people only wear a seatbelt in the front seat to prevent a trigger.