The Road Safety Department is requesting the government to implement compulsory rear passenger seat belt usage in passenger vehicles, in efforts to to reduce the risk of them being injured in accidents. The rule is expected to go into effect early next year.

RSD director-general Datuk Suret Singh says such an enforcement could prevent 350 deaths per year, which is the police statistic number for the number of unbelted backseat passenger accident deaths.

The idea is that old cars without rear seatbelts would be given a grace period to fit them, while newer cars that come with rear seatbelts from the factory would have the rule put into effect immediately.

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