To curb unauthorised use of red beacons on cars, district magistrate PC Meena on Monday issued orders to invoke Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) against the menace.
Earlier, as per the Motor Vehicle Act, offenders could be fined only a maximum of R100. But now, the police can prosecute violators under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code apart from being charged for violating the prohibitory orders.
The move should deter people who exhibit red beacons as a status symbol or use it to bypass the toll plaza. The RTA secretary and the city traffic police will enforce these orders with immediate effect.
Only dignitaries who have not been provided with a government vehicle can use a red beacon atop private vehicles. Also, if the vehicle fitted is not carrying the dignitaries, then the beacon should be covered.
As per rules, the governor of Haryana, the chief minister, chief justice and judges of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, all cabinet/state ministers, speaker/deputy speaker of the Vidhan Sabha are some officials who can use the red beacon.