Government bans red beacons for VIPs effective May 1

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 19, 2017 14:26 hrs
Red beacon on VVIP vehicles.

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to ban the use of red beacons atop vehicles of dignitaries and government officials, including the Prime Minister and the President.

The decision comes into effect from May 1. The move allows red beacons only on vehicles belonging to the fire service, police, army and ambulances, to ensure passage through traffic.

The decision to ban, taken at the meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, will extend to the vice-president, the chief justice of India, Union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the high court and Supreme Court.

The move comes a month after chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab – Yogi Adityanath and Amarinder Singh – decided against the use of the red beacon on their official cars.

In 2013, the Supreme Court dubbed the use of beacons by ministers and government officials “ridiculous and synonymous with power” and said they should be removed immediately.

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