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Remove red beacon on Mumbai mayor’s cars, RTO says in notice to BMC

The Tardeo RTO took action after noting news reports in HT that highlighted this illegal use of red beacons by the first citizen of Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Oct 16, 2017 23:38 IST
Kailash Korde
Kailash Korde
Hindustan Times
Mayor,Mumbai,Vishwanath Mahadeshwar
Using red beacons on cars is banned except for emergency vehicles after the Union government on May 1 issued a notification to end VIP culture in the country.

The Tardeo based Regional Transport Office (RTO) issued a notice to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asking it to remove the red beacons installed on old and new cars used by Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar.

Using red beacons on cars is banned except for emergency vehicles after the Union government on May 1 issued a notification to end VIP culture in the country.

RTO took action after noting news reports in HT that highlighted this illegal use of red beacons by the first citizen of Mumbai.

The notice was issued to the executive engineer (transport) of the BMC on Friday, asking authorities to remove the red beacons on the mayor’s cars.

The BMC administration installed a red beacon on the 2.4D-ZX 7S MT model of Innova Crysta car that the civic body paid Rs19.91 lakh for, ignoring a limit of Rs15 lakh set by the state government. It was registered at the Tardeo RTO on October 4.

Apart from this. Mahadeshwar was also using a red beacon on his old XUV 500.

Mahadeshwar questioned if the RTO had the authority to send a notice to him. He said he has not received a notification issued by the Union government. “If you have seen the notification please share it with me,” he said.

BMC officials, however, said they have received the RTO notice and have already it brought to the notice of higher authorities, including the mayor and his secretary. Tardeo RTO could not be reached for comment.

Even former mayor Snehal Ambekar had refused to do away with the red beacon. Mahadeshwar had also refused earlier, despite most politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, having removed it from their cars in April-May 2017.

The Centre also amended Central Motor Vehicle Act 1989 banning the beacons.

RTO sources said they have issued a notice to the BMC via email quoting the amended rule.

Sanjay Nirupam, president, Mumbai Congress, criticised the mayor for his obsession towards the red beacon. “The Mumbai mayor is so obsessed with the red beacon that he has forgotten it is not permanent. He installed the beacons illegally, so the RTO should take strict action if he refuses to remove it,” Nirupam said.

AV Shenoy, transport activist, said the laws of the country are common for everybody and therefore the mayor should set an example by following laws about the red beacon. “Mumbai mayor must set example for the people by following the law,” said Shenoy.

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First Published: Oct 16, 2017 23:37 IST