The New Delhi gang rape on Monday prompted a fresh campaign against dark films on windows of four-wheelers in the city.
On Monday, special teams were formed under the three traffic deputy superintendents of police (DSPs), traffic inspectors and officials of the district transport office (DTO) following a directive from the district magistrate. The teams stopped vehicles with dark films on windows and penalised their owners or drivers on the spot.
“The Supreme Court has clearly stated that no black film or any other material can be pasted on the windscreens and side glasses of a vehicle. Though the drive against the use of black films is conducted on a regular basis in the state capital, a special drive is more important following the New Delhi incident. All the states are taking necessary precautions. Likewise, the city police are trying to ensure the safety and security of all passengers, especially women,” a police officer said.
Traffic superintendent of police Chandrika Prasad said: “Several teams have been formed under the DSPs, traffic police inspectors and sub-inspectors. The drive, with the DTO’s help, started in the city today (Monday). Using dark films on windscreens and windows of four-wheelers is not acceptable under the law. The police want to continue the drive even after a week. Vehicles are being fined. But it would be difficult to give the exact number of vehicles fined today (Monday). We are yet to calculate.”
At Kargil Chowk, the police stopped several four-wheelers though some sped away before the cops could act. “We have stopped 12 vehicles with dark films till now and penalised their owners or drivers Rs 100 each. We ripped off the black film on the vehicles’ windows and windscreens immediately. While checking documents, we spotted cars without proper registration, insurance or other papers. The penalty increased in such cases,” a sub-inspector told The Telegraph around 1pm.
Vehicles with dark windows were also stopped at SP Verma Chowk. “Till 2pm, we penalised drivers or owners of eight vehicles. But most of them were fined more than Rs 100 because we found them violating other norms too,” said a police officer.
The owners of the penalised vehicles did not have much to explain.
Sushil Kumar Singh, the owner of a small car, said at SP Verma Chowk: “How can the police say that I am flouting the rules? They don’t have any equipment to check that. Many vehicles with very dark glasses and sporting flags of political parties are passing by. The SUV of one of Lalu Prasad’s brothers-in-law with dark windows passed by a little while ago but the police did not stop it.”
Using tinted glasses in vehicles is an offence under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. The Supreme Court, in its judgment on April 28, 2012, said owners of all vehicles with tinted glasses are liable to be charged with contempt and penalised. The SC order came into force across the country from May 4.
Rule 100(2) of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 states that visual transmission of light should not be less than 70 per cent on the windscreen and rear window and not less than 50 per cent on the side windows.