Police norms exist, strict implementation missing

What ideally governs the shopkeepers/ dealers supplying beacons is a letter from the DCP, Traffic dated August 7, 2008. The letter, while warning the dealers to ensure proper documentation and verification from the traffic branch before selling the beacons, holds the shopkeepers responsible for misuse of the beacons.

While some shops adhere to guidelines, there are many who sideline the rules and sell beacons at higher prices. Shree Santokh Auto Centre in Nana Peth maintains a record of the certificates and details of individuals who have bought beacons from their shop. The shop gets nearly 20 inquiries per month, but lights are issued only to auhtorised buyers.

"We get inquiries from collector's office, Zilla Parishad, Police department as well as from military establishments. In all the case, we ask them for letters authorizing the individual to use beacon besides verification from the police department," said Tirloksingh Bagga, owner.

The beacons are manufactured by Lumax, Grand, Neolite, Cordec besides local brands and are priced between Rs 400 to Rs 25,000. While politicians are the most frequent inquirers, students from engineering colleges who want the beacons for their projects are also regular buyers. "In case of students, we ask for a letter from the college followed by police authorisation," said Pritpalshingh Bagga. The procedure is adhered to in case of ambulances, fire brigade vehicles and others besides JCBs and cranes.

The authorized use of red, orange and blue beacons is guided by a state home department's GR no MVR- 1397/995/ CR-37/Para 2 dated July 3, 1997. However, Bagga said that there are violations of the rule and shops sell beacons to individuals without checking the authenticity of documents.

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