In what could help end VVIPs’ ‘lal batti’, no Central government official or minister will be allowed to use red beacon on their cars from May 1.
The ‘lal batti’ will only be allowed for five category of people – the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Lok Sabha Speaker.
The people under the ban’s purview are the Union ministers, chief ministers, state and cabinet minister and the judges of Supreme and High Courts.
In 2015, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had come out in support of Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s plan to considerably bring down the use of red beacons.
Senior lawyer Harish Salve said that he is happy with the decision to ban the red beacons