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SC says car beacons a menace to society.

THE Supreme Court on Monday expressed displeasure over the executive failing to check the illegal use of sirens and beacons on vehicles and threatened to issue directions in this regard if no action was taken by state governments.

A bench presided over by Justice G. S. Singhvi observed there was a need to limit the number of functionaries entitled to such facilities and to provide for imposition of heavy fine on violators.

Posting the matter for directions on August 19, the court said vehicles with beacon lights had become a menace to society. It had created two grades of citizens, it added.

The court observed that beacons should be limited to the vehicles of high constitutional authorities, apart from permitting their use by the police, Army and hospitals. The bench asked the state governments to compile lists of government functionaries empowered to use vehicles with beacons and sirens.

The court had earlier suggested that the illegal use of beacons should be punished with a fine of ` 10,000 and the vehicle impounded. It stressed that a token fine of ` 100 for most violations was not working as a deterrent.

Stressing that beacons should not be allowed to be flaunted as a status symbol, the court said there was no hindrance to the government withdrawing the privilege straightaway and giving a signal that everybody was equal.

While hearing a special leave petition questioning the continuation of Z- category security for an MLA from Uttar Pradesh without a review of the threat perception, the Supreme Court had enlarged the scope of the matter in the public interest and had put under its scanner the criteria for permitting beacons on vehicles.

COURT'S REMARK

.. Stressing that beacons should not be allowed to be flaunted as a status symbol, the court observed that its use should be limited to vehicles of high constitutional authorities, police, army and hospitals .. It asked state governments to compile lists of functionaries empowered to use vehicles with beacons and sirens .. It said the govt could straightaway withdraw the privilege giving a signal that everybody was equal .. It had earlier suggested that the violators be fined ` 10,000 & their vehicles be impounded

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