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Saturday , December 29 , 2012
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Tinted glasses refuse to fade

Patna, Dec. 28: The Delhi gang rape incident has failed to acquaint people, mostly government employees, with the drawbacks of using black films on the glasses of their vehicles.

This week, the transport department has written letters to all department heads, district magistrates and superintendents of police to ensure complete adherence to the Supreme Court order that bans use of tinted glasses on private and government vehicles.

The letter states that fine would be imposed on those found violating the order that came into force on May 4, 2012.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the principal secretary of the transport department, R.K. Mahajan said: I have written letters to principal secretaries, secretaries, director-general of police (DGP), district magistrates and SPs to remove black films from glasses of their government vehicles. I have also asked them to ensure that their officials remove the films too. Those found using such glasses will have to pay a fine of Rs 600.

On December 26, a block development officer engaged in a verbal spat with police officers at the Income Tax roundabout, when constables tried to remove the black film from his vehicle.

Highlighting the benefits of removing the black films, Mahajan said: It is being done for security and also with regard to the SC order. The plan behind removing black films is to usher in transparency. Glasses of running vehicles should be transparent and the faces of the persons travelling in the vehicle should be visible, Mahajan said.

According to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, the visual transmission of light through windscreen and rear glass should not be less than 70 per cent and not less than 50 per cent for the side windows. However, openly flouting the Supreme Court diktat are the government vehicles, which could be seen parked at the Old Secretariat.

A secretary-level officer said: Yes, we have got the letter from the transport department and very soon I will remove the black film from my vehicle. Its wise to remove it as soon as possible because being a government employee, if someone removes the film forcefully, it would be a major embarrassment for us.

Setting an example for his colleagues, Patna district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh has removed the black films from the glasses of his official and his personal vehicles. I am the one who will enforce the apex court order. It is a good initiative. I request everyone to remove the films on their own to avoid hassles later. It is my duty to start with my vehicle first, he said.