Penalty for not wearing rear seatbelt not new, only hiked
New Delhi: Adebate has risen over traffic police fining commuters not wearing the rear seatbelt Rs 1,000, with questions being raised whether the provision has become mandatory under the amended Motor Vehicles Act. However, according to Central Motor Vehicles Rules, it was a 2004 notification, which came into force in 2005, that made the wearing of the rear seatbelt compulsory.
The traffic police are only collecting a heavier fine since the penalty for the offence has been increased to Rs 1,000 under the newly amended MV Act, sources said.
The rules also clearly say that the norm is applicable only where the manufacturer has provided seat-belt. Old entry-level vehicles did not have rear seatbelts and, in those cases, the vehicle owner or passengers cannot be fined for the offence, sources said.
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