Police officials begin fining cars with stickers after High Court order

Last year, we saw a massive drive by Noida Police in Uttar Pradesh against the vehicle owners that had stickers on them. Hundreds of vehicles were caught and fined for displaying various stickers including caste, religion and influential posts on their vehicles. Now, Chandigarh Police has started taking action against such vehicle owners after the High Court passed an order making such stickers on the vehicles illegal.

This video from Chandigarh uploaded by News18, shows the cops taking action against vehicle owners. According to the orders, any kind of stickers on the vehicle including the family name, caste, religion, job post and others are banned from being displayed on the vehicle. The new order also does not allow any display of posts including Police, Navy, Army, Air Force, Press, Chairman, Vice Chairman on private vehicles. Such writings can still be displayed on the official vehicle issued to the person by the government. However, on the private vehicles owned by the person cannot have any such writings. Only registration numberplates are allowed on the vehicles and people who do not follow the rules will be prosecuted on the spot and the stickers will be removed by the cops.

The new order was passed by the double bench of Rajiv Sharma and Amol Rattan Singh. The court gave 72 hours to the motorists to comply with the new law and remove any such stickers from the vehicles. The police have started implementing the order after they made the public aware of the new rule.

In the video, a team of police can be spotted removing the “Gujjar” sticker from the front of a Mahindra Bolero. There are many other vehicles that have been stopped by the police to remove the challan. Even a Tata Nano with a Navy logo can be spotted in the video. The vehicles were stopped and the logos were removed. The cops also stopped a vehicle with a Police sticker and did the same.

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The cops said on the camera that the violators breaking the law for the first time will have to pay Rs 500. Violators who repeat the offence will have to pay Rs 1,000. This law is applicable to the local residents as well as any vehicle from other states entering the region.

The court said that such displaying of stickers and posts is not permitted under law. It is an attempt to “browbeat” and is not allowed. After the court passed the order on last Friday, court staff were spotted removing the ‘High Court’ sticker from Justice Sharma’s official vehicle. Earlier, the government banned sirens and hooters on private vehicles and even politicians cannot use them now. Only emergency vehicles like ambulances, firefighters and police can use the sirens and hooters on vehicles in India.