It has been decided that from this 1 May onward, VIPs including President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Chief Minister will not be allowed to have red beacon on their vehicles.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to ban the use of red beacons atop vehicles of dignitaries and government officials.
The move means beacons -- the blue flasher -- will be allowed only on vehicles belonging to the fire service, police, army and ambulances, to ensure passage through traffic.
In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency services vehicles, from May 1.Nitin Gadkari, road transport and highways minister
The decision to ban, taken at the meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, will extend to the vice-president, the chief justice of India, Union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the high court and Supreme Court.
The move comes a month after chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab – Yogi Adityanath and Amarinder Singh – decided against the use of the red beacon on their official cars.
In 2013, the Supreme Court dubbed the use of beacons by ministers and government