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Should Seatbelts for Rear Seat Passengers be Mandated by Law? 9 out of 10 Indians Support This: CARS24 Survey

Globally, millions of dollars are spent in ensuring passenger safety. People do buy expensive cars that are extremely reliable and have the highest safety ratings. 

But then, why do people become complacent and negligent and ignore the key requirement of wearing the seatbelts, whether it is front or rear seats!

After the unfortunate accident of former Tata Group Chairman, Cyrus Mistry, Minister for Road Transport & Highways in the Government of India, Shri Nitin Gadkari Ji announced that the Ministry will soon make it mandatory for rear row passengers to wear a seatbelt

This got us thinking and we conducted a survey to unearth interesting insights around public perception, awareness and sentiments towards seatbelt wearing practice in India. Hence, we, at CARS24, interviewed over 1100 consumers in 22 cities* between 8 Sep 2022 and 12 Sep 2022 to understand their sentiments towards seatbelt usage. 

Here Are the Key Findings from the Survey:

Consumer Sentiment towards  the government’s intent to implement mandatory seatbelts for rear row passengers:

93% respondents strongly favor GOI’s intent to implement mandatory seatbelts for rear row passengers. The move is welcomed across age groups, and by both metro and non metros consumers

93% respondents strongly favor GOI’s intent to implement mandatory seatbelts for rear row passengers.
The move to Making seatbelts for rear row passengers Mandatory is welcomed across age groups

With regard to rear seatbelt usage:

65% feel it’s a great move while 7% respondents also feel that it is unnecessary

28% respondents feel that while the Govt mandating seat belts for rear passengers is a welcoming move, there will be practical challenges in following this rule on ground

28% respondents feel that while the Govt mandating seat belts for rear passengers

Common Reasons Cited for the Possible Lack of Adherence to the Law Are:

1. When >2 people are traveling in the backseat (59%)

When more than 2 people are traveling in the backseat 59%

2. It will be inconvenient for senior citizens/para-abled/specially abled passengers (40%)

It will be inconvenient for senior citizens/para-abled/specially abled passengers 40%

 3. It will be inconvenient on long drives as well (38%)

 It will be inconvenient on long drives as well (38%)

*Cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Panipat, Patna, Pune, Rajkot, Rohtak and Surat

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