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Unauthorised use of beacons is a crime

UNAUTHORISED USE of red and blue beacons and hooters has been declared criminal offence under Section 144 of Cr PC making it mandatory to seek prior permission from the Regional Transport Officer to sell or fit them on any vehicle in Lucknow.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 01:19 IST

Permission from RTO made mandatory

UNAUTHORISED USE of red and blue beacons and hooters has been declared criminal offence under Section 144 of Cr PC making it mandatory to seek prior permission from the Regional Transport Officer to sell or fit them on any vehicle in Lucknow.

With the promulgation of Section 144, Lucknow district administration has shown the way to other districts that may also follow the suit.

As per orders, sale and use of beacons and hooters has been declared criminal offence and a case may be registered against offenders, said Home Secretary RK Tiwari.State Government may also consider making appropriate amendment in the law to check unauthorised use, he said. Shopkeepers selling beacons and hooters will have to take orders from RTO, he said.

In other districts too, similar orders may be issued depending on the local situation, he said, adding officers may also initiate more effective steps to check unauthorised use of beacons and hooters.

Tiwari said the drive against unauthorised use of beacons and hooters launched on May 31, was in full swing. So far, 41 beacons and 12 hooters have been taken off from vehicles of unauthorized persons, he said, adding that a sum of Rs 10,400 has been realised from such vehicles.

First Published: Jun 03, 2006 01:19 IST