The Punjab government has issued notifications for the use of beacons of different colours for various ranks of government dignitaries and officers.
An official spokesperson for the transport department on Monday said chief parliamentary secretaries, principal secretaries, police officers in the pay and rank of DGPs, ADGPs, zonal IGs, deputy commissioners, district and sessions judges, police commissioners and SSPs posted as district police heads had been authorised to use the amber beacon.
The spokesperson added that the amber beacon would be used on vehicles only when the dignitary or the officer are on duty. When they are on a personal visit or when the dignitary/officer concerned in not travelling in these vehicles, the beacon shall be covered by a black/white cover.
He said stickers of amber lights would be issued by the additional director general of police (ADGP, traffic), Punjab, against the posts concerned. The details of the post and designation, along with the vehicle number, would be intimated by him to the state transport commissioner, Chandigarh.
The spokesperson added that ambulances, vaccine carrier vehicles, fire and emergency services vehicles, disaster management vehicles and recovery vehicles, vehicles on law and order duty, checking squads of the motor vehicles department, checking squads of traffic police and PCR vehicles, VIP escort vehicles and patrol cars had been authorised to use multi-coloured (red and blue) flashing light bar and console.
He said this order had been issued in pursuance of directions of the Supreme Court.
The spokesman stated that earlier notifications for the use of the red beacon were also issued, as per which the Punjab governor, chief minister, deputy chief minister, cabinet ministers, former governors, former chief ministers, chief justice and judges of the Punjab and Haryana high court, speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, vice-chairman of the state planning board and Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha had been authorised to use the red beacon with flasher on the top front of the vehicle.
Also, the chief electoral officer of Punjab; deputy speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha; state ministers; deputy ministers; advocate general; chief secretary; DGP; chairman, Punjab Minorities Commission; chairman, Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission; and the chairman, Punjab Public Service Commission; were authorised to use the red beacon without the flasher on the top front of their vehicle.
The spokesperson said four vehicles of the general administration (protocol branch) were also sanctioned for the use of the red beacon as and when the dignitaries from outside visit Punjab, who have been authorised to use the red beacon by the central government, their respective states and union territories.