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Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars

22 April 2017, 01:52 | Maryann Sutton

The government has ordered a ban on red beacons from 1st May

The government has ordered a ban on red beacons from 1st May

Prime Minister Modi chose to end VIP culture by deciding to strike off the rule that allowed high dignitaries to use red beacons and flashers on their vehicles. Now no VIPs will be allowed to use red beacons on their vehicles.

"After May 1, no one will be able to put red light atop his/her vehicle".

Reacting to the ban on red beacons, former MLC G. Madhusudan has said that the Government must take back the vehicles provided to the VIPS.

Jaitley said the government will bring about necessary amendments to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, to enforce the decision.

The decision also intends to strengthen democratic values in the country, he said.

Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel and Minister of State in Prime Ministers Office, posted videos of their vehicle without beacons.

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Under the rules to be issued by this month-end, only emergency vehicles would be allowed to have beacons of specified colours to let other road users identify them, and make way for them.

Indians idling in the country's notoriously congested traffic have long resented the sight of red flashing lights on the roof of cars zooming up behind them: the sign a public official is approaching and needs other drivers to let them pass.

Palaniswami himself personally removed the beacon light from his vehicle at the State Secretariat. The second was to let a small group of dignitaries such as the Prime Minister and President use the beacons, and the third was status quo.

The General Administration Department, which issues guidelines for use of beacons, stated that the Centre has not yet issued the notification banning the beacons. This was one of the first decisions that Captain Amarinder Singh took when he became Punjab Chief Minister last month.

On April 7, when Modi had gone to the Palam airport in Delhi to receive Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a departure from protocol, the convoy of his cars moved "in normal traffic" on the streets, which means no security restrictions were in place throughout the route. It is a good move by the BJP government towards the culmination of VIP culture in India.

As a gesture of appreciation and total acceptance of the new rule, Khandu ordered removal of all red beacons from vehicles used by the Chief Minister's Office, including vehicles of his official convoy immediately. At the time, the states were asked to submit the details of people who had used red beacon on their vehicles.

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