V. TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION

2. SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT

C. NEW PROJECTS
3. Use of Seat Belt by Car Users in Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin City
Duration

April 2005 to December 2005
(i) National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC), Thiruvananthapuram (R)
(ii) Kerala State Transport Project (S)

 

Scope and Objectives

The main objective of the study is to find out the level of usage of Seat belt in the cities of Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin.

 
Methodology
Study methodology consists of literature review, selection of survey locations, preparation of survey format, data collection and analysis and report preparation.
 
Conclusions
The following were some of the findings of the study,

(i) In Thiruvananthapuram City, the percentage of drivers wearing seatbelt was 2.01%. The overall percentage of usage of seatbelt by both passengers and drivers was merely 4%.

(ii) In Cochin City, the percentage of drivers wearing seatbelt was 1.2%, and the overall percentage of usage of seatbelt by both passengers and drivers was 1.8%.

(iii) According to opinion survey conducted in Trivandrum and Cochin Cities, the reason for not wearing seat – belt while driving Four – Wheelers are:
• 29% stated that it was not enforced
• 25% informed that the car in which they travel did not have the provision of seat – belt
• 22% did not favour its use due to short trips within the city
• 19% of car users felt that it restricts their driving skill
• 5% of car drivers opined various other reasons

Ninety percent of the respondents are not aware that wearing seat – belt while driving is compulsory. Some of the other reasons for not wearing seat – belts are: wearing seat – belt is not comfortable, seat – belt restricts free movement of the driver etc.