All car passengers must wear seatbelts, and those who do not will be fined: After Mistry’s passing, Gadkari publishes a new regulation


The wearing of seat belts will now be required for all passengers in a vehicle, even those in the back seats, according to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, and breaking the law would result in penalties. Only two days before to the statement, Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of Tata Sons, had perished in a car crash outside of Mumbai. A subsequent police investigation found that he had not been using a seat belt.

Gadkari shared a video of himself appearing at an event to make the announcement on Twitter. Additionally, he said that the safety sirens, which usually sound when people in the front seats aren’t wearing seat belts, will now also sound for people in the back seats. The Union minister made it clear that both small and large cars will be subject to the new regulation.

According to the Union minister, there is already a punishment in force for anyone who do not buckle up while seated in the front seats. However, even if passengers are seated in the back (backside) seats of a car, the new law will still penalise them for not fastening their seatbelts.

Gadkari said in the video that a notification would be sent out in a few days with specifics on the fine that would be imposed on individuals who disobeyed the new rule.

Mistry was returning from the Parsi pilgrimage site of Udvada in Gujarat when the disaster happened, together with Dr. Anahita Pundole, her husband Darius Pundole, and his brother-in-law Jehangir Pandole. Before the car’s collision with the concrete road divider of the Charoti bridge over the Surya river in Palghar on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway, it was travelling at an excessive speed. Anahita and Darius suffered serious injuries, while Mistry and Jehangir died instantly.

Anahita and Darius are currently being treated in the intensive care unit at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital after being transferred there on Monday.

Over the weekend, a number of teams of experts will analyse the car and the incident site, according to the officials, who also noted that a number of contributing elements were not immediately apparent.

Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, ordered a thorough investigation into the incident after the disaster, and Prashant Pardeshi, a police official with the Palghar sub-division, was given control of it.

Balasaheb Patil, the superintendent of police (SP) for Palghar district, stated earlier in the day that a data chip from the tragic Mercedes Benz GLC will be transferred to “Germany for analysis.” By the end of the week, Patil said, “We expect a report of the same.”

A group of Mercedes Benz representatives visited Palghar on Monday and took the electronic data chip out of the wrecked car as part of their investigation into the vehicle and the crash scene.

The airbags in the car did not deploy promptly at the time of the collision, therefore police also questioned the automaker about it. “Why did the airbags not deploy? Was the car’s mechanical condition flawed? What kind of brake fluid did the car have? How much pressure were the tyres?

These and many more questions will have responses provided in the report by the team of Mercedes Benz executives.

The funeral services for Mistry were held on Tuesday in Mumbai. On Tuesday morning, his dead remains were transported from the JJ Hospital and kept at the Worli crematorium for friends, family, and well-wishers to pay their final respects.

The cremation was attended by a number of corporate executives, politicians, and members of the Parsi community. These people include Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia’s son Mahanaryaman Scindia, industrialists Anil Ambani and Ajit Gulabchand, Mistry’s older brother Shapoor Mistry, former Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata’s stepmother Simone Tata, NCP MP Supriya Sule, BJP lawmaker Ganesh Naik, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, and others.