Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars

Robyn Valdez
April 22, 2017

Later, Union Transport Minister Nithin Gadkari clarified that no one in the country will use red beacons except for ambulances and vehicles of Fire Service, Police, and Army which will be allowed to use blue flashing beacons to cut through traffic.

This new government decision, taken on Wednesday, means that every "VIP", including chief ministers, judges, and bureaucrats have to unscrew that red beacon from their cars.

Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said a detailed notification in this regard would be issued soon, adding that there was no need for any amendment in the existing Motor Vehicles Act.

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Only three categories would be allowed to use the red beacon - the President, Vice President and the Chief Justice of India, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he has stopped using the red beacon with immediate effect.

The Government has taken the decision with a view to strengthening "healthy democratic values" in the country. "Except for the PM and the President, there is no requirement of red beacon mounted cars".

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

Jaitley then went on to discuss sub rule II of Rule 108, which gives state governments the right to specify which vehicle can carry the blue beacon.

In the past months the newly elected chief ministers of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh banned the beacons for state officials. "So by today's decision, it can start a new era of new politics", the Union Minister said. Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992.Meanwhile, amid a debate on some of the negative impacts of social media, Naidu said it can not be censored.

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The opposition Congress too welcomed the government's decision, but termed as "laughable" the Bharatiya Janata party's attempt to blow the trumpet of morality over it. In 2013 India's supreme court described the misuse of the beacons as "a menace to society" and said they had become "a fashion and status symbol". It is a good move by the BJP government towards the culmination of VIP culture in India. The minister got the red beacon removed from his own vehicle too and said that these have no relevance in a democratic country.

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