Uttar Pradesh: Despite new rules, policemen still flaunt blue beacons
The police officials seem to have turned a blind eye to the fact that the provisions of red and blue beacons no longer exist in the rulebook.lucknow Updated: Aug 09, 2017 15:52 IST
Police officials, right from the top cops to the station house officers (SHOs), still flaunt blue beacons on their vehicles like before though all other dignitaries, including the governor, chief minister, ministers, chief secretary, commissioners, district magistrates are doing without a beacon, red or blue, in compliance with new rules.
Trying to make a dent in the VIP culture in the country, the Modi government at the centre in April this year scrapped the rules that provided for the use of beacons that were often seen as a status symbol.
But, the police officials seem to have turned a blind eye to the fact that the provisions of red and blue beacons no longer exist in the rulebook.
Amending the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, the government omitted altogether the red beacon-related provisions, making sure that no authority, whosoever, travelled in a vehicle with a red beacon atop.
Under the new rules that became effective from May 1, only duly notified emergency vehicles on duty, including police vehicles (not all police vehicles) can use multi-coloured bar flashing red, blue and white lights (a long horizontal bar as used by police patrol vans) and not a beacon.
“Use of any beacon other than the multi-coloured light bars on emergency vehicles on duty is not permissible under the amended Motor Vehicles, Rules,” principal secretary, transport, Aradhana Shukla said when asked how police officials were still using blue beacons on their vehicles.
The notification issued by the Union transport ministry on May 2 says,“In pursuance of powers conferred under sub-rule 4 of rule 108 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, the Central government hereby specifies that the vehicles on office duty, which are designated for the emergency and disaster management duties, may be allowed to use multi-coloured red, blue and white light on its top.”
“The multi-coloured light shall not be put to use when the vehicle is not on the designated duty,” the notification clarified.
Not only this, as per the notification, every year, the transport department of the state or union territory administration, as the case may be, will issue a public notice bringing to the general public’s attention the list of authorities to whom permission to use the vehicles for emergency duties has been granted. Such vehicles will necessarily display on their windscreen the sticker issued by the transport department.
“But no such rules are being followed and all police officials can be seen flaunting blue beacons, throwing the rules to the winds,” said another transport official.
This violation of the rules, he said, had also created a dichotomy wherein police officials still roam in blue beacon mounted cars while others had surrendered that luxury to the law.
The police officials, who are openly breaching the beacon rules with impunity in Uttar Pradesh, can ben seen these days at various crossings checking vehicles and penalising the common man for violating Motor Vehicles Rules related to seat-belt, helmet, parking etc.