Seeking to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday April 19,2017 decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister, from May 101,2017
“In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency service vehicles, from May 01,2017,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told
Gadkari showed the way by becoming the first minister to take the beacon off his official vehicle after the Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It has been decided to do away with beacons of all kinds on top of all categories of vehicles in the country.
The minister said “this government is a government of common masses and has decided to abolish VIP culture of beacon lights and sirens“.
The NDA Government has taken the decision with a view to strengthening “healthy democratic values” in the country. “The government is of the considered opinion that beacons on vehicles are perceived symbols of VIP culture and have no place in a democratic country. They have no relevance whatsoever,” Gadkari reasoned.
Beacons, however, will be allowed on vehicles concerning emergency and relief services, ambulance, fire service etc. In light of the decision, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will make necessary provisions in law.