Contrary to the common procedure of seizing the driver’s licence till the film is removed, drivers of government vehicles using tinted films are asked to immediately remove the tint and pay a fine of Rs100.
“The action against government vehicles is carried out around the Mantralaya area. Drivers of government vehicles, once apprehended, are asked to remove the tinted films immediately and pay Rs100,” said a senior traffic official.
While passing the judgment in April 2012, the Supreme Court bench had said that the tinted glass could be used in government vehicles only for security purposes.
They had asked the state governments to frame guidelines for the use. State-level committees were subsequently formed to decide on the exemptions.
In Maharashtra, the committee is headed by state chief secretary Jayant Banthia, with additional chief secretary (home), DGP, police commissioner, secretary (transport) as members.
“Any person, wishing to retain or having tinted films on their vehicles, has to seek permission from the committee. The permission is granted once the committee finds genuine security concerns. Exceptions are made for Z category security persons,” said Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
“Only those exempted by the committee can have tinted films on their vehicles. The law is uniform for all,” said Sailesh Sharma, principal secretary (transport).