New Delhi, April 19: Today the government in an announcement banned the use of red beacon on vehicles. It said that red beacon will only be allowed on vehicles attached to emergency services, like ambulance and police. The decision taken by the Cabinet will be implemented from May 1.According to the new regulation, only the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Speaker of Lok Sabha are exempt from the ban. Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.
The Road Transport Ministry had earlier presented probable options to the PMO after holding consultations with senior Cabinet ministers and one of them was to end the use of red beacons. The proposal had been pending for over one-and-a-half years. During this period, states were asked to submit the details of persons entitle to have the red beacon on their vehicles.