Why are horse and horse-drawn vehicles illegal in India?
A new law passed in Maharashtra this week bans the sale of any horse- and-mule-drawn vehicle in the state.
The ban will affect only vehicles registered with the local authority, as well as those used for agricultural work, the New York Times reports.
The move comes after a spate of deaths involving the vehicles in the city.
Horse-drawn trucks, however, can cross the border and be driven across the Indian Ocean, according to the Times.
This has been the case for years in the Indian state, but the law will likely see some local owners get behind the wheel.
More from India: More than half a million people, including more than 2,000 children, were killed in India in 2016.
According to an analysis by the Indian Institute of Information Technology, over 70 percent of the deaths were due to motor vehicles, while around 60 percent of deaths were related to other forms of road accidents.
Mumbai is home to some of India’s most densely populated cities, including Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Many residents of these cities are also among those who have been killed by these vehicles.
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