Crackdown on buses with tinted glass now

Rape jolts cops into action, drive begins on Monday

After the gang rape incident in a moving bus with tinted windows
and curtains, the traffic police have now decided to launch a special drive against all kinds of buses plying in the city with similar features starting December 24.

“We will issue an advisory in a day or two, telling vehicle owners to remove tinted glasses and curtains from all kinds of vehicles used for public transport. It will include chartered buses, DTC buses, other private buses and RTVs,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

“From Monday, we will launch a special drive to book violators,” said Garg.

Some 12,000 buses are plying in the capital, of which around 5,800 buses are owned by the Delhi Transport Corporation and the rest are private buses running under contract carriage and stage carriage permits issued by the transport department.

The traffic police said they will also crack down on four-wheelers with curtains, barring some government vehicles that are exempted from this rule due to security reasons.

While the Motor Vehicles Act restricts use of tinted glass that obstructs vision beyond a limit, the law was hardly implemented till the Supreme Court ordered all state governments to enforce it strictly since May 1 this year.

While the traffic police took action against four-wheelers with tinted glass this year, buses plying in the city has remained off the radar of the traffic police till date.

“Till now our focus was on four-wheelers, both for their numbers and security angle involved. Now, most cars in the city are not having tinted glasses,” said Garg.

“The average number of cars that had tinted glasses when we started the special drive was nine in ten cars. Now the number has reduced to one in ten cars. A majority of cars with tinted glasses are registered in the NCR. But we book all vehicles in the city,” Garg said.

At least 2,54,082 cars have been booked for having tinted glass this year. Last year, the figure was 43,330.

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