In a stark violation of the Supreme Court ruling and failing to learn from the brutal gangrape in Delhi, the city police are yet to take action against black films on vehicles as most private and as well as government-owned buses continue to ply with thick black films.
One can easily spot government-owned buses, including Punjab Roadways and private ones, passing in front of residences of the deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police near the district administrative complex on the Chandigarh-Nawanshahr road.
HT visited bus stand on Tuesday and found that most of private buses, including mini-buses and government buses, had tinted glasses. When asked, some bus drivers showed unawareness over the Supreme Court order.
The traffic police said they have been issuing challans to buses, which are using black films but there is need of starting a strong campaign in this regard.
"Most of private buses are violating the SC order on black films and city police have become soft on buses despite having taken action against car owners," said Balvir Singh, a passenger at bus stand.
"The gruesome gangrape in Delhi in a bus with black films should have come as an eye-opener for the city police," said Monika, another passenger. She added that black films should be removed immediately, especially from buses.
A driver of Libra Bus Company, who was issued a challan for using black films, said his company was aware of the ban on using black films on windows and it was replacing the tinted windows glasses with transparent ones.
"The Supreme Court has already expressed its annoyance at what it termed minimal implementation of its April 27 order prohibiting the use of black films on windows of vehicles beyond permissible limit prescribed by the Motor Vehicles Act in the country," said an officer in the police department.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, traffic in-charge inspector Varinder Singh said: "We are taking action against buses using black films in the city and around 15 buses, including government-owned buses, have been issued challans last month."
"I have asked general manager, Punjab Roadways, Nawanshahr, to take action against violators and asked the drivers to take off black films from the buses, but to no avail," he said.
He added that: "We will launch a programme to take strong action against the buses using black films."