While the demand for cars with sunroofs has increased steadily over the years, it seems like most Indians do not know the real purpose of the roof. We often see people hanging out of the sunroof, trying to live the life of a politician. But that’s not what the sunroofs are meant for and that is why the police have decided to issue challans to people who do it on public roads.
Police of many states has issued warnings for breaking the rules, especially regarding the sunroof. The traffic policemen of the Lalbazar area in Kolkata have been ordered to start a campaign against those people who pop out of the sunroofs of cars while the car is in motion. In recent times, the police have come across a lot of instances where people are risking their lives by popping out of sunroofs in busy areas of the city like Maa and AJC Bose Road flyovers.
Backed by the CCTV footage that provides enough video proof to the policemen for the required legal action. In such cases, the traffic police of Kolkata is all set to impose a fine of Rs 1,000 on the violators under Section 184 (F) of the Motor Vehicles Act. Two of the offenders have already been fined for such hazardous driving around the Park Street-Park Circus-Maa flyover zone by the East Guard.
Use of sunroofs
The sunroofs used to be a feature of luxury cars only a few years ago. Now, many affordable vehicles in India offer sunroofs. While the sunroof looks great and increases the aesthetic value of the vehicle, they are a great way to let the fresh air in.
Keeping the windows open at high speed can cause the air to directly hit your eyes, which may cause problems. The sunroof is designed to recycle the air without much wind disturbance. However, most people use the opening to stand out from the vehicle. This is extremely dangerous, especially for children. Sudden braking may throw them out. Also, debris like small stones from other vehicles may hit them and cause injuries. Electric wires also posses a grave threat to such people hanging out the roof.
In recent times, there has been a sudden increase in this trend of popping out of the sunroof. In a couple of cases, people have ended up hurting their body parts like throats, neck, and head due to injuries caused by kite strings and wires dangling in their ways. Given the pleasant weather due to the ongoing winter season and holidays, such instances of popping out of sunroofs are bound to happen even more. However, to prevent negligence and increase awareness of road and public safety, the traffic police of Kolkata are forced to take legal action in such cases.