Following the orders of higher authorities to end the VIP culture in the state, traffic police will crack down on the unauthorised use of red and blue beacons atop vehicles from Tuesday.
Traffic personnel have been directed to impose a fine on violators and ensure that the beacons are removed. Moreover, those using tinted glasses in their vehicles will also face action, the police said.
“Red and blue beacons are allowed only on designated official vehicles and people using it without permission will be dealt with strictly. There are several private vehicles in which these beacons and tinted glasses are used. We have prioritised this issue to ensure action,” Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (traffic), Gautam Budh Nagar, said.
The traffic police and police personnel will act jointly to crack down on illegal beacons in Gautam Budh Nagar. Under Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, a fine between Rs100 and Rs300 can be imposed for violating rules pertaining to the beacon and horn.
Earlier, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had decreed that no minister in the state will be allowed to use the red beacon atop their vehicle.
Police sources said that higher-ups have asked the Noida police to crackdown on over 200 people, mostly workers of Samajwadi Party, who use a beacon, hooter, tinted glass and party flag on their vehicles, which is prohibited. The vehicles have been identified and action will be taken when they hit the road, sources said.
The district police have been asked to submit an action-taken report within 15 days and ensure that the use of beacons is not restarted after the drive.
Besides the crackdown, the traffic police and Noida authority officials will also visit the corporate offices to inspect parking on roads by employees. These organisations will be given a week’s time to resolve their parking issues and failure to do so will warrant legal action, officials said.
The district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, NP Singh, said, “Most of the corporate offices have marked parking spaces in their building plans and it’s their responsibility to accommodate the vehicles. We do not want the public to suffer.”
The traffic police and police have been given a month’s time by the district magistrate to resolve all traffic-related problems. After a month, an action-taken report is to be submitted to the district magistrate.