Written by Keshala Dias
20 Apr, 2017 | 8:14 pm
The Indian government has decided to ban ministers and senior officials from using red beacons on their cars to speed through traffic.
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the rule will be in effect from May 01. Under the new rule, only emergency vehicles, ambulances, fire engines and police cars can use flashing blue lights.
Critics say VIPs often use red beacons as a status symbol, leading to traffic chaos for commuters. Status-conscious politicians and government officials are also accused of using the beacons to bypass the gridlocked city traffic on official business and show off their importance.
In 2013, India’s Supreme Court had said that only those holding Constitutional Office – the President, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, senior Judges and some other officials could have red beacons on their cars.
While Sri Lanka has similar laws in place, there are plenty of vehicles on the roads that use what is commonly referred to as “police lights”.
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