After Supreme Court order, govt gears up to check misuse of beacons

Beaconed carsThe RTO expects new government resolution on use of red/orange beacons in a few days. (Express Photo)

Days after the Supreme Court's directives to curtail the use of red/orange beacon on vehicles, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Pune issued letters to the various government and police offices to check its use.

RTO officials said they are waiting for further clarifications from the state government to finalise the list of vehicles which would be allowed to use beacons.

In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked the government to limit the use of red beacon vehicle with flashers and reserve the same for only high dignitaries. It also had asked the government amend the Motor Vehicles Act to increase the fine amount. The court ordered the government not to make amendments in the list of eligible people for the use of the red beacon vehicles.

The usage of red/orange beaconed vehicles in Pune as per Yogesh Wagh, deputy regional transport officer (RTO), was according to the government resolution issued by the state home department. Wagh said that RTO was expecting new government resolutions in a few days.

As per the government resolution issued on August 17, red light with flashers can be used only by the governor, chief minister, deputy chief minister, ministers, chief justice of High Court, speaker of Legislative Assembly and the Leader of Opposition in the state legislature.

Red light without flashers were allowed for vehicles of persons under 16 categories, including judges of high court, deputy chairman of the leigislative council, chief secretary and various other officers. Amber light without flashers have been allowed for divisional commissioners, district collectors and nine other category vehicles.

In Pune, at present 79 amber beaconed vehicles are allowed, which includes commissioners, collector, mayors and vice-chancellor of Pune university. The new regulations, which is expected early next week would see a decrease in the specified number, officials said.

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