Rampant use of red beacons by government officers in the Capital has now drawn the attention of Delhi traffic police.
After teaching owners of private vehicles, especially those belonging to politicians, a strict lesson for using red beacons on their vehicles, traffic police have now decided to crack down on government vehicles with beacons.
The police initiated a special drive on Wednesday against unauthorised government vehicles fitted with red beacons. On the first day, the department identified 151 such vehicles, many of which are government vehicles, said a senior officer of Delhi traffic police.
"We would send out teams to the violators' registered addresses with a challan on Thursday," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The department, however, has decided to deal with such offenders a little softly. They would not issue an on the spot challan to any government vehicle, they would be slapped with a fine of Rs 100 each instead.
Traffic policemen posted at all major intersections would only note down the registration numbers of government vehicles fitted with red beacons to check their status.
"It is difficult for our men to find out on spot whether a government vehicle is authorized to use a red beacon. So they have been asked to note down the numbers of all such government vehicles. We would match the numbers with the ownership records available with us and send challan to the ones not authorised," said Garg.
In January the traffic police had come down heavily on private vehicles especially those owned by politicians for using red beacons on their cars.
Police said the department has prosecuted 110 private vehicles till May 15 for using red beacons, which is a major violation of Central Motor Vehicles Rules. Last year only four such vehicles were prosecuted till the same period this year.