As we all know, that cops are taking strict action against the vehicles that are modified or have a sun film installed on them. Now, Madras High Court has ordered the traffic authorities to grant a time period of 60 days to the owners to remove the sun film from their vehicle. If the owners still fail to remove the sun film before the time period then the cops can seize their vehicles.
The same timeline has been set to remove the portraits of political or communal leaders from the dashboard. If the owners fail to do so, then the cops are authorized to remove the portraits and fine the owners. The cops can also conduct random vehicle checks for excessively bright lights that may dazzle the oncoming traffic. Also, the court said to the National Highways Authority of India that all the highways should be well lit. Owners whose vehicles do not have a proper number plate have been given a time frame of 2 months to fix their number plates.
All these directions were issued when a petitioner filed a complained about law students using lawyers’ stickers on their vehicles. The Bench said, “The purpose of having party flags or designation boards or portraits of party/communal leaders or advocate/press stickers is only to keep away the police away,”.
Justice Kirubakaran while writing the judgement said, “It has become an order of the day in Tamil Nadu that almost 50% of the vehicles either have party flags or designation boards or portraits of party/communal leaders or advocate/press stickers. This menace has to be addressed failing which the criminal activities will continue to be committed by the above modus operandi.”
Gujrat police fines 2,500 car owners for sun film.
Surat Police conducted a special drive on 2nd September specially for sun films on windows and on windshields of the cars. The drive started on 2nd September and ended on 6th September. During this time, cops caught 2,531 car owners that had a sun film installed on the windows or windshield of their cars. The media reports say that the cops collected around Rs. 12.65 lakhs as fine during the special drive.
The drive was specially ordered by police commissioner Ajay Tomar. He said, “In five days, police identified over 2,500 cars and they were penalized on the spot. We will continue taking action against vehicles using dark films since it is easy to hide behind their veil.” The special drive was organized after an accident case that happened on Vesu Canal road. Despite, having a CCTV footage, the police was not able to identify the driver because the car had a sun film due to which the interior was not visible.
The Supreme Court first put a ban on tinted glass and films back in 2012. This happened because the number of molestations and other crimes that happened inside the cars was increasing. People usually apply the sun film because the temperature of the cabin increases significanlty when the car is parked outside for long durations. Some manufacturers have now started offering UV cut glasses. These glasses are approved by RTO and restrict the amount of heat that can come inside.