On 19 April, the finance minister of India, Arun Jaitley, said at a news conference in Delhi, “We are removing the rule which allows state and central government to specify who can use the red lights. From 1 May, no vehicle will have a red light. There will be no exceptions.” Here’s all you need to know about this historic move.
“A menace to society”
Back in 2013 the supreme court described the misuse of the beacons as “a menace to society” and said they had become “a fashion and status symbol”. We’ve made progress!
Limited to emergency services
The central government made it clear that sirens will only be permitted on ambulances, fire services and police vehicles.
VIPs to fight traffic like everyone else
In a major move by the BJP government against VIP culture, the vehicles of ministers, members of parliament and legislative assemblies and other dignitaries will join the daily fight against notorious traffic.
Some Telangana Ministers removed their sirens way ahead of May 1
The names include T. Padma Rao Goud, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, C. Laxma Reddy, Paturi Sudhakar Reddy, and the popular K.T. Rama Rao
“Every Indian is a VIP”
Said the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in an apt tweet.
We are in full praises of the new move, and we hope to see more action against the VIP culture in India!
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