| V. TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION
2. SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT
C. NEW PROJECTS
|3. Use of Seat Belt by Car Users in Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin City|
April 2005 to December 2005
|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.
|Study methodology consists of literature review, selection of survey locations, preparation of survey format, data collection and analysis and report preparation.|
|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.