What could be called beginning to the end of VVIP Culture, prevalent in our country, it has been decided by the Union Cabinet working under Modi Government that starting May 1, 2017, the Red Beacons (famously called as Lal Batti) would not be used by the Government officials. There are only 5 officials who have been allowed to use the red beacon on their vehicles; namely President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker. The ban applies to Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, State cabinet Ministers, judges of High Court and Supreme Court as also the bureaucrats.
Its been reported that to set a precedent for others, Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi has decided not to use Red Beacon on his official vehicles.
The Ban on red beacons move couldn’t have been timed better as just a few weeks ago, Chief Ministers of 2 states, namely Uttar Pradesh and Punjab had declared stoppage of use of red beacon on their official cars.
Its been over 3 years now that Justice G S Singhvi and Justice C Nagappan had directed State Governments to amend Motor Vehicle Rules of their states to restrict use of red beacon. They had also directed to impose a fine on people found misusing this facility.
Emergency vehicles like fire brigade, ambulance can still continue to use the Red Beacons.