In an attempt to put an end to VIP culture, the Union Cabinet has decided to remove beacon lights (lal batti) from all vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister. The decision of no beacon lights will come into effect from May 1.
“In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency service vehicles, from May 1,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told PTI.
Gadkari showed the way by becoming the first minister to take the beacon off his official vehicle after the cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
” 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 ….This government is a government of common masses and has decided to abolish VIP culture of beacon lights and siren,” said the minister.
So, from May 1, beacons will only be allowed on vehicles related to emergency and relief services like ambulance, fire service and so on.
The minister said that a detailed notification in this regard will be issued soon and there is no need for any amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act.
When asked about the the punitive measures in case of violations, the minister said that action will be taken as per provisions.
(With inputs from PTI)