Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars

As per the decision, official vehicles of even President, Prime Ministers and Union Ministers would not flaunt red beacons.

The government has asked all VIPs, excluding the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, and the Speaker of Lok Sabha, to lose the red beacon atop cars. "A notification in this regard will be issued before May 1", he added. The decision also intends to strengthen democratic values in the country, he said.

Apart from the aforementioned categories, emergency services like ambulances and police vehicles have also been allowed to use the red beacons.

In recent meetings, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reportedly been emphatic about ending red beacon culture that has come to symbolise VIP status causing public inconvenience. "There will be no exceptions", Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters here. The decision will be implemented from May 1. They have no relevance whatsoever. "In the light of this decision, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will make necessary provisions in the law", the statement said. Use of special beacons has thus been limited to emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire brigade, etc.) and enforcement agencies.

The decision was taken at the Union Cabinet meeting that took place today.

"Red beacon will be removed from cars of PM and all ministers".

There was a point of time when people used to buy red lights for a few thousand rupees and flout norms.

The new Congress government in the state has announced that using red or any type of beacon in Punjab will be criminal offense, but hasn't clarified whether judges of the state courts will be required to follow the new directive.

  • Leroy Wright