Dept to crackdown on tinted glasses; VVIPs exempted



From now on, motorists will have to remove films or any other material tampering with the original form or the safety of windscreen or side windows of vehicles, irrespective of degree of visibility, as the transport department has issued fresh guidelines, completely banning tinted glasses.
Starting February 18, the transport department with Traffic Police will get cracking on vehicles using tinted films or glasses. While even government vehicles will have to fall in line, vehicles of VVIPs have been exempted.
Director Transport Arun Dessai said that as per latest Supreme Court order, passed in September 2012, there is a complete ban on use of tinted glasses irrespective of the degree of visibility. Even zero percent filming will not be allowed, he added.
“As per the (motor vehicle) rule, 70 percent visibility was necessary, which has now been ruled out by the Court,” Desai said adding ‘any violation will be considered as contempt of Apex Court order’.
When asked if VVIPs meant governor and chief minister only and not other ministers, Desai said yes, implying that even ministers’ vehicles cannot sport tinted glasses or films.
The department has appealed to all people to remove any sort of filming on the vehicles glasses at the earliest. Desai said that that department, through a special drive, since September 2012, till date has registered 2700 cases, wherein in some cases, the filming was removed on the spot.
He said that a letter was also moved to state government’s General Administration Department (GAD) directing them to remove tinted glasses of government owned vehicles, if any. “Accordingly, they have written us that all vehicles are being made tint free,” he added.
Meanwhile, the transport department has reported almost 150 percent increase in its revenue collection for the months October 2012 to January 2013 through tax collected via issuing special permits and temporary permits to the buses.
Desai said that during period October 2012 to January 2013, the revenue collection is Rs 551 crore as against Rs 222 crore during October 2011 to January 2012. [H]