- Seat belt reminders or alarms will be mandatory in M and N category vehicles
- These alarms will give audio-video warning in case the seat belts are not fastened
- There will also be a speed alert system to check over-speeding
Seat belt alarms will soon be made mandatory for all seats of cars. The Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway has already issued draft rules mandating the installation of alarm systems.
As per the proposal, seat belt reminders or alarms will be mandatory in M and N category vehicles, with audio-video warnings in case the seat belts, including the rear ones, are not worn.
Besides, there will be a speed alert system to check over-speeding and manual override for the central locking system.
"Safety-belt reminder" means a system dedicated to alerting the driver when the driver and all other front-facing seat occupant(s) do not use the safety belt.
The system is constituted by the detection of an unfastened safety belt and by a driver's alert which is a first-level warning and a second-level warning.
"First Level Warning" means a visual warning activated when the ignition switch is engaged (engine running or not) and the driver's and front-facing seat occupants' safety belt is not fastened. An audible warning can be added as an option, said the proposal.
"Second Level Warning" means a visual and audible warning activated when a driver operates a vehicle without fastening of the driver and front-facing seat occupants' safety belt.
The draft rules also said that for M and N category vehicles, a reverse parking alert system will be applicable.
'M' category vehicles are the ones with at least four wheels used for carrying passengers, while 'N' category vehicles also have four wheels, but are used to carry goods and may also carry passengers.
As per the notification, the last date for public comments on draft rules for the car makers is October 5.
Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari has time and again emphasised the need for seat belts for all the occupants in the car.
(With inputs from IANS)