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Drive against tinted glass: selective exemption won’t do,say citizens

Three days to go for the traffic police drive against tinted glasses flouting Rule 100 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules.

Written by SushantKulkarni | Pune |
October 12, 2010 12:35:38 am

Three days to go for the traffic police drive against tinted glasses flouting Rule 100 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules,citizens expressed scepticism and said the action if it is “selective enforcement” would be futile.

The police,on the other hand,claim exceptions would only be made as per the law. As per rules,vehicles should have at least 70 per cent windscreen visibility. Side glasses should allow 50 per cent of the light to pass through. The glass on the rear should again have 70 per cent visibility. Police had said vehicles for security purposes will be exempt,though carrying documents authorising the exemption would be mandatory.

The drive comes after police noticed that tinted-glass vehicles had been used in many recent crimes. Police will make use of a tintmeter to check the opacity of glasses during the drive.

Civic activist Girish Deshpande said,“The drive is positive. But it will only be effective if there is clarity in rules.”

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Manoj Patil,Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said,“For the first month of the drive we will take action against commercial vehicles. The drive against personal vehicles will come later.”

He said,“The primary criterion for exemption is,those who have been provided security by the government and are allowed to use tinted glasses with more than stipulated limits will need documents.”

Traffic officials had observed in the past that commercial vehicles,like those used by call centres and IT firms for employees,use tinted glasses and had said they would be fined. Deshpande added,“The biggest offenders are not BPO vehicles or common citizens but people with connections,politicians against whom cops don’t and can’t seem to act decisively.”

Patil said,“The rule will be applied on every one. We will fine defaulters and take out the lamination of glasses so that the person will change it subsequently.”

Ashish Nerlekar,a car user said,“Cops are doing what they had done three years ago. But you find cars with complete black glasses even today. Action has to be taken irrespective of ‘power’ some people may wield.” Civic activist Girish Deshpande said,“We want the traffic department to publish the exemption criterion and the fines on their website and through the media as people have right to know.”

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