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Have a crash guard on your car? You will be fined ₹1,000

UT police take decision, giving heed to the directive of Union ministry of transport and highways.

punjab Updated: Jan 21, 2018 14:08 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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A vehicle with a crash guard, also called bull bars.(HT File)

Have a crash guard on your vehicle and still haven’t removed it? Be ready to cough up ₹1,000 as fine as the Chandigarh Police have decided to issue challans to those having crash guards, also known as bull bars, installed on their vehicles.

This is in compliance with the ministry of transport and highways’ December 2017 directive wherein it had asked all states and union territories to take stern action against those installing crash guards made of iron, steel or aluminium on their vehicles.

In the directive, the ministry said the installation of crash guards on vehicles poses serious threat to the safety of pedestrians.

Crash guards are generally fixed on taxis, SUVs and heavy vehicles to prevent any damage upon collision.

Explaining the rationale to ban crash guards, police officials said the bars were banned because these compromised with the safety of pedestrians. “The impact on collision increases manifold when the vehicle hits a person and at times can prove to be fatal,’ they said.

Senior superintendent of police (traffic) Shashank Anand has also appealed to people on Twitter and asked them to remove crash guards from their vehicles.

“We have been educating people, along with makers and sellers of such accessories, about this. We have also decided to issue challans against those who have installed crash guards on their vehicles,” he said.

Flourishing trade in city

In Chandigarh, the trade of crash guards has been flourishing in Sector 28, Sector 45 and Manimajra. These are the much-frequented markets for carrying out modification in vehicles.

The fine

The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, makes it illegal to install crash guards and impose a fine of ₹1,000 for the first offence and ₹2,000 for subsequent offences. Those who sell or install such accessories are liable to be fined upto ₹5,000.

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 14:08 IST