Cocking a snook at the Supreme Court, both private and government buses with black films on windowpanes and windscreens continue to ply to and from SAS Nagar. Police and district transport authorities seem to be turning a blind eye to this blatant volition of law.
Though district authorities talk of acting tough against violators, they apparently have learnt no lesson from the Delhi gang rape case and opted to go soft on busses plying in roads with black films on windowpanes.
A drive around SAS Nagar revealed that such vehicles literally had a free run on the roads. Not just private buses, even government ones were seen plying with black films. A visit to SAS Nagar bus station revealed how blatantly the apex court rulings were violated since both private and government buses had dark black films on the panes.
The Supreme Court has already expressed annoyance over "minimal implementation" of its April 27 order prohibiting the use of black films on windowpanes of vehicles beyond the limit prescribed by Motor Vehicles Act in the country.
"The Delhi gang rape case should have made district authorities act, but busses moving around with dark black films and at high speeds shows the callousness of authorities in implementing the SC orders," commented Ridhima Singh, a passenger at bus stand in Phase 8, SAS Nagar.
"Why cannot the authorities act without waiting for an untoward incident; most drivers are not aware that black films on windowpanes are banned. If at all authorities wish to act against violators, there is a need to launch more drives to ensure that no vehicle with black films is allowed to ply on the road," said another passenger Rahul Sharma.
When contacted, SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, "The police regularly issues challans to erring drivers for using black films and also gets the tints removed from vehicles. Meticulous compliance with Supreme Court orders is being ensured. If vehicles with black films are still plying on roads in the district, strict action would be taken against erring drivers."
SAS Nagar district transport officer Karan Singh said, "Busses are regularly checked and buses with black films are regularly issued challans. We have also written to bus owners to get removed black films from their vehicles and many of them have voluntarily done so. If such busses are still plying, we will take strict action and ensure that black films are removed from all these vehicles and Supreme court guidelines are complied with completely."