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Tycoon’s Death Prompts India to Tighten Lax Driving Rules

Cyrus Mistry’s crashed vehicle in Palghar district near Mumbai on Sept. 4.
Cyrus Mistry’s crashed vehicle in Palghar district near Mumbai on Sept. 4.Source: AP Photos

India, known for notorious driving violations and bad roads, wants to enforce road safety rules more stringently amid mounting criticism after tycoon Cyrus Mistry died in a weekend car accident. 

The government has started the process of adding an alarm system that will sound if passengers in the rear seat don’t fasten their seat belts, and also mandate automakers provide at least six airbags in cars, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said in an interview Wednesday. Fines of 1,000 rupees ($12.50) will be imposed for not wearing a rear seat belt, he said.