Putting an end to the long era of VIP culture in India, the Modi Governement on Wednesday, in an historic decision, decided to ban the use of red beacons on all VIP cars. As per the decision, only five constitutional posts, namely the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha will be allowed to use the red beacon on their vehicles from May 1, 2017.
Union and state ministers, judges and bureaucrats who have been using the red beacons over the years will not be able to do so now. However, the vehicles belonging to the fire service, army, police and hospitals (ambulances) will be able to use the blue flasher.
The proposal for taking down of the red lights from VIP cars was prepared by the Transport Ministry one and half years ago. The decision to ban red beacons has been taken after consultation with various stakeholders.