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Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars


For VIPs, only people in 5 categories will be allowed to use the red beacon - the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker. In a very commendable move, the government has banned the use of red beacons on the top of VVIP vehicles.

Neither any minister nor any bureaucrat would be able to affix any type of beacon (red, blue or yellow) on their cars in the two states.

The newly formed Punjab & UP government banned the use of red beacon lights atop vehicles in the respective states.

All judges of Orissa High Court today came to the High Court without red beacons on their official vehicles.

The notification in this regard will be issued soon, he said, adding that the decision is a democratic one. Except PM, President, who are basically a focal point of the nation, we should not spare unnecessary time on VIP protection.

"This rule is being changed and once it is changed, only defined emergency services - such as ambulance, fire brigade or police vehicle - will have the provision to install blue beacons", said Jaitley.

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Indians idling in the country's notoriously congested traffic have long resented the sight of red flashing lights on the roof of cars zooming up behind them: the sign a public official is approaching and needs other drivers to let them pass. Only emergency services will have red beacon, I have also removed it from my vehicle today.

"Rule 108 deals with use of red, white and blue lights on vehicles".

This decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

Driver of Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel removing the red beacon from the minister's vehicle after cabinet decision about "no red beacons", in New Delhi.

The Centre's move follows decisions by the Uttar Pradesh and Punjab chief ministers, Yogi Adityanath and Captain Amarinder Singh, to discard beacons from official cars in their states.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced he would stop using the red beacon from Thursday. "The Supreme Court had on December 10, 2013, ordered which vehicles would be allowed to have beacons atop them", said Congress spokesman and former Union Minister Manish Tiwari.

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