Penalty for not wear­ing rear seat­belt not new, only hiked

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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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