Every Indian is a VIP: India bans red beacon lights from top of VIP cars

Agencies
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Wednesday took the decision that VIP vehicles should do away with red beacons, said "Every Indian is a VIP".

Seeking to end the VIP culture, the Union Cabinet today decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, except emergency vehicles, like ambulances and fire brigade.

The vehicles with beacon lights, which are seen as a symbol of VIP culture, "have no place in a democratic country", the government said.

"After May 1, no one will be able to put red light atop his/her vehicle. Blue light will be used only for emergency vehicles in the country...Neither the states nor the Centre will have power to give any special permission (for use of beacon lights)," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the Cabinet meeting.

He said the use of red beacons atop vehicles has been a matter of discussion and debates for long as to why certain people have special privileges on road.

The matter was under discussion for some time and "the Prime Minister took the decision and informed the Cabinet," Jaitley said, adding amendments will be made soon in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules to give effect to the decision.

A rule that empowers the Centre or state governments to allow use of red beacon lights to dignitaries will be altogether removed from the statute books, the minister said.

"There will be no exception for anyone. The reason is very clear that the rule itself is being removed from the rule book," he added.

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari was the first Union Minister who took the red beacon off his official vehicle immediately after the Cabinet meeting.

Gadkari said "this government is a government of masses and has decided to abolish VIP culture of beacon lights and sirens".

The decision, he said, was taken to strengthen "healthy democratic values" in the country.

"The government is of the considered opinion that beacons on vehicles are perceived symbols of VIP culture and have no place in a democratic country. They have no relevance whatsoever," Gadkari reasoned.

Beacons, however, will be allowed on vehicles concerning emergency and relief services, ambulance, fire service etc. In light of the decision, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will make necessary provisions in law.

According to Gadkari, this is the start of a healthy culture and tradition as blaring of sirens and blazing of beacons used to anger the masses.

In several states, even MLAs blatantly used beacon lights, he said, adding that some of them had the practice of using detachable beacons.

He further said the use of sirens by ministers is not legal as these can be used only by pilot police vehicles.

Asked what will be the punitive measures in case of violations, the minister said action will be taken as per provisions in the law.

He said a detailed notification in this regard will be issued soon and there is no need for any amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act.

"We can issue the notification under respective rules and before that, a notice will be issued for public hearing," he said.


Express your comment on this article

 
Human Being
Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mr Modi when will you shut the mouth of Cow Rakshak people who are killing innocent people in the name of Hindutwa.

Suresh Kumar
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017

To make stupid bhakts rejoice its another Jumla from FEKU.

politicians rishtedaar
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

what? you are gonna remove the redlight from my vehicle? do you know whose son/daughter/wife/husband/father/mother/brother/sister/relative I am....

The light can be removed but the human behavior will last till eternity

Ahmad
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I respect Modi Ji.

MSH
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

VIP Indians are killed in the name of cow. I will not open my motor mouth then.

Bajrangi Bhai
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another jumla.
By the way for this stupid reason USA/Australia/ New Zealand and many gulf countries are kicking Indians out.

Johnson
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Very Good decision ....All are equal in this regard except emergencies.
Bring equality everywhere, no need for any relaxation based on cast or creed. But of course, physically and mentally challenged people need our hand.
To be frank, I was not fare to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, but now I feel that I am becoming his fan when seeing all these good deeds.

Scorpio
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sounds great, hope it's implemented.

Manoj
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Brave decision !!!

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