Journey-hailing firm Uber Applied sciences has requested its drivers in India to make sure backseat seatbelts of their autos are accessible to passengers they usually work, days after an area enterprise tycoon died in a crash involving his non-public automobile.
The transfer comes amid a rising road-safety push in India, the world’s fourth-largest automobile market. Earlier in September, Cyrus Mistry, the previous chairman of India’s Tata Sons, died in a crash involving his Mercedes, and native media reported he was not carrying a seatbelt whereas seated on the again.
“To keep away from any fines or complaints by riders, please make sure the seatbelts on the again seats are accessible and useful,” Uber mentioned in an advisory to its drivers on Tuesday which was seen by Reuters.
A supply with direct data additionally mentioned Uber was conducting checks at airports to make sure its drivers had been complying with seatbelt norms. Uber didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Its Indian competitor Ola, which is backed by SoftBank Group, additionally despatched an advisory to drivers in current weeks to implement seatbelt guidelines, an organization consultant informed Reuters.
The World Financial institution mentioned final 12 months that India had a dying on its roads each 4 minutes. India already has guidelines mandating passengers within the again seat to put on seatbelts however just a few comply. Enforcement can be poor regardless of the availability of a wonderful of 1,000 rupees ($12.55) for non-compliance. Usually, automobile and taxi house owners put seat covers atop seatbelts on their again seats, making them inaccessible to be used.
Uber informed drivers in its advisory to make sure backseat seatbelts had been put in, including “if the belt is hidden below the seat cowl, please take away the duvet”. India’s authorities has additionally mentioned it desires automobile makers to put in an alarm system for rear seatbelts to implement their use and mandate six airbags in all vehicles.