In the wake of a Supreme Court order prohibiting usage of sun filmson windows and windshields of cars, the police will beginpenalising errant vehicle owners from May 20. A senior traffic police official said that vehicle owners in thecity have been given time till May 19 to get rid of sun films onwindows and windshields of their cars. Deputy Commissioner of Police, East-Traffic division, MuthannaB.A., said that cars, at the time of delivery, will have a thinfilm on their windows and windshields, with the permissible levelof tint. "Only this is allowed," he said. |
Vehicleowners, who have added tint to stock windows and windshields afterpurchasing their vehicles, will have to remove them, he added. According to a statement, vehicles will be allowed to have sunfilms with 70 per cent visual light transmission (VLT) for frontand rear windscreens, and 50 per cent VLT for side glasses, underRule 100 of Central Motor Vehicles Rule, 1989. Penalty After May 19, if vehicle owners are found violating the law, theywill be fined Rs. 300, and repeated violations will land them injail for contempt of court, Mr. Muthanna said.
Mr. Muthanna addedthat several criminal activities have been reported in the recentpast in many cities across the country in such vehicles. Hence, theSupreme Court has ordered the removal of sun films to avert suchactivities in vehicles. He, however, said that vehicle owners who have obtained permissionfrom the Union Home Ministry to have tinted glasses in view oftheir safety will be allowed to have such sun films on theirvehicles. When pointed out that several celebrities and businessmen use carswith sun films, Mr.
Muthanna said that the law will apply toeverybody, including celebrities and businessmen. "Only,people with Z plus security, having permission from Union HomeMinistry, will be exempted from the rule," he said. Meanwhile, Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety, Bangalore,T. Shama Bhatt, said that the Supreme Court has directed all Statesto strictly implement the provisions of Rule 100 of Central MotorVehicles Rules 1989.
The Transport Department has formed squads to check such vehicles. Violators will be fined and action will be taken to suspendregistration certificates as per Section 53 (1) of the MotorVehicles Act 1988, Mr. Bhatt said.
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