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Tinted windows are a definte no-no

Continuing with its stringent enforcements, this time for tinted glass, the Delhi Traffic Police on Friday conducted a comprehensive drive taking Delhi'ites by surprise.

Until recently cars with tinted windows were ignored, but following the Supreme Court judgement on 24 April banning the use of black films of any visible light transmission, VLT, percentage or any other material on the front and rear screens and windows of all vehicles throughout the country, Delhi Traffic Police swung into action.

At least 50 teams of the Delhi traffic police were deployed across the Capital to catch and prosecute the cars with black films or any other material tampering with the original form of the safety glass, windscreen or side windows of vehicles.

Commuters, meanwhile, expressed their unhappiness on the drive carried out without any prior advisories.

'I never knew police has become so rigid on tinted glass. I installed them about an year back and I never was challaned for it. But today the cops were not listening to anyone and they were spread all over the city,' said Anup Mishra, a resident of east Delhi.

A South Delhi resident, Devadeep Chaowdhary, said, 'I was stopped by the cops near Green Park. I tried to convince them that I will get them removed, but they tore it themselves and then challaned me. They were merciless today.'

Chaudhary said that in some cases, if the vehicle owners would showed resistance and threw names at them, the cops were simply impounding the vehicles.

Besides, a few residents also cried foul for lack of awareness about their drive.

When contacted, the joint commissioner of police, Satyendra Garg, said, 'Our staff, which was deployed today have done a great job and we have prosecuted the owners of the vehicle with tinted glasses.'

The Supreme Court judgment had said, 'The directions contained in this judgment shall become operative and enforceable with effect from 4 May 2012.' The court had ruled that traffic police 'shall also remove the black films from the offending vehicles'.

Until 15 April this year, 9,279 people have been prosecuted for the offence. Last year, as many as 45,649 vehicles were booked for tinted glasses.


NOIDA GETS TOUGH TOO

After the Supreme Court banned the use of tinted glass in vehicles beyond permissible limits, Gautam Budh Nagar police also sprung into action cracking down on offenders. Cops were seen removing films from the windows of four-wheelers at several checking points in Noida and Greater Noida on Friday. By the end of the day, cops had fined a hundred violators.

This year, so far, 475 people have been fined for using black films that are darker than the permissible limit.

According to the Motor Vehicle Act, the glass of the windscreen and rear window of every vehicle must have visual transmission of light not less than 70 per cent, while for side windows the visual transmission of light should not be less than 50 per cent.

Despite numerous drives launched by the traffic police earlier, four-wheelers with tinted glass can be regularly spotted on roads. ‘The fine of Rs 100 is hardly a deterrent,’ a senior cop said. ‘With a recent spate in crimes in Greater Noida we decided to crack down on crime prone areas like the Alpha commercial area and the Jagat Farms area and have challaned more than 300 defaulters in the few days,’ said.

Backed by the directions of the apex court, cops have now geared up to give violators a tough time. The campaign launched on Friday against violators will be continuous and stricter. ‘We will devise stricter norms and fines for deterring people from using tinting glass,’ the cops said.
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