Rishi Raj Singh unhappy with govt’s stand on seat belt drive

Thiruvananthapuram: State Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh has expressed his unhappiness with the state government’s move scrapping the directive on seatbelts for rear seat passengers.

According to reports, the State Transport Commissioner has, in writing, requested the government to extend his leave to one more month. This move is reported to be in the backdrop of his unhappiness over the government’s stand on the issue.

In view of large-scale protests from the public, the State government Friday had announced that it would not be mandatory for rear seat car passengers to wear seat belts.

Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan had stated in the assembly the government would withdraw the circular issued and added that it would not be mandatory for rear seat passengers to wear seat belts.

The Transport Commissioner's recent circular stated that passengers travelling in cars fitted with seat belts in the front and rear seats should wear them.