Govt bans crash guards on vehicles

The Centre has asked the states to take a stern action against unauthorised fitment of crash guards or bull bars in vehicles saying such fittings pose a safety concern for pedestrians.

These bars are fitted in violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which prescribes a fine of Rs 1,000 for the driver for the first offence and Rs 2,000 for second or subsequent offences while the penalty for seller or deliverer could be Rs 5,000.

"It is brought to your notice that the fitments of crash guards/ bull bar is in contravention of section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and attracts penalty under section 190 and 191 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988," the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has written to the Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and Commissioners, Transport of the states.

Crash guards or bull bar on the vehicles pose serious safety concerns to the pedestrians as well as occupants of the vehicle.

"It is therefore requested that states may take strict action against the unauthorised fitment of crash guard/bull bar on the motor vehicles," it said.

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