Here comes the end of the VIP culture in India because the government has banned the use of red beacons, more popularly known as ‘lal batti’ and will be removed from the all vehicles from May 1 and there will be no exceptions. No VIPs or dignitaries including President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Chief Ministers or any minister will be allowed to have red beacon on their vehicles.
The Cabinet made this historic decision to end the VIP culture in India and said that the government is government of common masses and has hence abolished VIP culture of red lights and sirens. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to use blue beacons, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said today, removing the lal batti from his own car.
“The government is of the considered opinion that beacons on vehicles are perceived symbols of VIP culture and have no place in a democratic country. They have no relevance whatsoever,” Gadkari reasoned. Beacons, however, will be allowed on vehicles concerning emergency and relief services, ambulance, fire service etc. In light of the decision, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will make necessary provisions in law.
This step is to nurture a healthy democratic culture and tradition because the blaring of sirens and flashing of beacons were pretty annoying and a reason of anger for common people. There have been many cases where MLAs unabashedly used beacon lights to display power and some ministers have been using detachable beacons. Even use of sirens by ministers is not legal as these can be used only by pilot police vehicles.
Gadkari also said a detailed notification in this regard will be issued soon and there is no need for any amendment in the Motor Vehicles Act. This decision might resent few arrogant dignitaries but this will definitely prove to be a much-needed revolutionary chance in the VIP culture of India. No flashy red lights on anybody’s cars because what is all the show about anyway.
Red beacon ban is a true justification to democracy and this will end the ‘Lal Batti’ era in the democratic republic of India. Bye-bye red beacons, we weren’t really fond of you anyway, so long.