No red beacons on official vehicles from May 1: Arun Jaitley

Apr 20, 2017, 08:55
No red beacons on official vehicles from May 1: Arun Jaitley

The Narendra Modi Cabinet has taken a decision to stop the use of red beacon lights atop official VVIP vehicles.

While the prime minister would be allowed to use red beacons, sources tell India Today that PM Narendra Modi will himself give up the privilege to use it. The emergency services, however, will continue using the beacon, but the colour they will use is blue. "In the light of this decision the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will make necessary provisions in the law", it added.

The Government of India has made a decision to stop the use of red beacons on vehicles of VIPs.

Meanwhile, state Congress president and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan welcomed the decision to end the VIP culture, saying that it was a good decision.

Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took the lead in 2015 by asserting he would not have the red beacon on his vehicle.

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Paving the way, Gadkari became the first minister to remove red beacons from his official vehicles. "We can issue the notification under respective rules and before that, a notice will be issued for public hearing", he said.

"With the "red beacons" gone, the great divide between VIPs and common commuters on the road would disappear forever", he said in a statement here this evening. It advised the Centre and states later to amend the motor vehicles act to trim the list of people who can use beacons.

Soon after the cabinet meet, several Union ministers and other high dignitaries removed the red beacons from their vehicles. Blue light willbe used only for emergency vehicles in the country...

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

In the past months the newly elected chief ministers of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh banned the beacons for state officials. 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".