Kerala: Police on the roads with stricter rules against tinted glass on vehicles

Kerala: Police on the roads with stricter rules against tinted glass on vehicles

People had started taking this prohibition lightly as there was a lag in enforcement.

The enforcement wing of the Motor Vehicles Department launched a special vehicle-checking drive titled Operation Screen in the district on Sunday as part of a Statewide campaign against using curtains and tinted glass in vehicles.

Regional Transport Officer (Enforcement) Sahadevan V.A. said the Supreme Court and the High Court had strictly warned against the use of vehicles with tinted glass and curtains. People had started taking this prohibition lightly as there was a lag in enforcement.

Mr. Sahadevan said that violation of the norms was found in 93 of the 250 vehicles inspected by four squads of the MVD enforcement. They were fined ₹1,250 each.

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The vehicle owners caught in the inspection were advised to remove curtains and screens and asked to produce the vehicle before the motor vehicle inspectors for re-examination. Those who do not pay the fine will be blacklisted, said Mr. Sahadevan.

Motor vehicle inspectors P.M. Ravi Kumar, C.S. George and M.R. Sajeev led the Operation Screen in Palakkad. Several assistant motor vehicle inspectors too helped them.

The motor vehicle department has directed the tourism department to immediately remove the curtain and sun films placed on official vehicles of the ministers. The ministers and VIPs are allotted cars from the tourism department. As being the owner of these vehicles, the tourism department has the responsibility to remove the illegal arrangements in the vehicles. If the vehicles violate norms, the tourism department is liable to pay the fine, said the letter.

Banned objects in vehicles

  • Sun film and curtain on the window

  • Rod which used to affix flag on the bonnet

  • Crash guards in front and back of the cars

  • Footboards which bulge towards outside

  • Any modification after purchasing the car is illegal

What is allowed?

  • Tinted glass provided by the vehicle manufactures. These glasses must have 70 percent visibility on the rear side and 50 percent on both sides.

  • VIPs who hold Z and X-Plus level security are allowed to use curtains. In Kerala, only Chief Minister comes under this security cover.

Penalty

Those who violate the norm are liable to pay a fine of Rs 1250 including the punishment for not obeying the court order.

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