Bhubaneswar, Sep 29: Wearing seatbelts by occupants of the rear seat of four-wheelers will be mandatory in Odisha.
The state transport department in a letter to the transport commissioner has directed to issue necessary instructions in this regard.
Wearing the seat belt is mandatory for occupants under section 194B of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988.
The transport department has instructed for strict enforcement of the rule and a special drive will be conducted to make people aware of it.
The Centre has made wearing of rear seatbelts after Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of Tata Sons, died in a car crash recently. He was reportedly sitting in the rear seat and did not have his seat belt on.
Besides, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued draft rules to make it mandatory for car makers to install an alarm system for rear seat belts.