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Drive against vehicles with crash guards soon

New Delhi: The Delhi Traffic Police might soon start its drive against the crash guard and bull guards fitted on the vehicles. The cops have discussed about the implementation in several meetings after the Centre had asked the States to take a stern action against unauthorised fitment of crash guard and bull guard of the vehicles saying such fittings pose a safety concern for pedestrians.
Sources said that Traffic police might start a drive soon for the removal of the Crash guard but not before an awareness drive for the possible hazards of the modification. The police might also start educating people bringing awareness about the impacts of the crash guards to encourage them for the removal of the crash guards fitted in their vehicles.
Centre had a view that in case of a crash involving vehicles with bull bars, the impact is disproportionately distributed and thus, airbags may not open to save the occupants. Moreover, in case of a head-on collision, these crash guards pose a serious threat to the life of the pedestrians on roads. These bars are fitted in violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which prescribes a fine of Rs 1,000 for the driver for the first offence and Rs 2,000 for second or subsequent offences while the penalty for seller or deliverer could be Rs 5,000.
"This would come RC violation and would attract a fine of Rs 1000" said a senior Police officer.
Moreover, people have already started getting rid of the crash guard fitted in their vehicles. "We are charging anywhere between 300 to 400 for the removal. Many vehicles have been coming to us for the same," said Taj , the owner of a Garage in Jamia.
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