Ministers, CMs remove red beacons from their vehicles - List inside

No More Red Beacons Atop Cars Including The Prime Minister — Effective May 1

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh too welcomed the Union Cabinet's decision to removed red beacons from all vehicles from 1 May, saying it is a "healthy step that will further strengthen the country's democratic fabric".

The Central government has, in a big blow to VIP culture, chose to stop the use of red-beacon vehicles by government ministers and officials from May 1. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's government in Uttar Pradesh warned that no minister in the state will be allowed to use the red beacons atop vehicles.

From May 1, only ambulances, fire tenders and police vehicles will be allowed to use blue beacons.

Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari called the decision historic, and tweeted: "Usage of red beacon tied us back to colonial legacy".

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters that two main changes will be made.

However, President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker will be exempted from the ban.

India will ban ministers and senior officials from using red beacons on their cars to speed through traffic. The government has taken this step to eliminate the lal batti culture now prevailing in the country.

A detailed notification in this regard will be issued soon and there is no need for any amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act, the minister added.

Reports had it that the proposal to end the use of red beacons had been on the discussion table for more than a year.

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

The decision to ban the VVIP auto culture was a result of a meeting chaired by PM Modi. The Congress termed the decision "ridiculous" and as a mere "symbolic politics". The red beacons, following the Supreme Court order in December 2013, are being used by those only on constitutional posts.

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