Red beacons on government vehicles will go away
- From 1 MAy 2017, the Union cabinet on 19 April 2017 decided to put an end to the practice of using red beacons atop vehicles in the country and from 1 May 2017 neither state nor central government can nominate any official to use it.
- Under this decisionit, all government vehicles, including President, Prime minister, Chief Ministers, central and state ministers, judges of the Supreme Court and high courts or any other VIP, will be barred from using them.
- The government also decided to make amendments to the rules governing the use of blue beacons.
- However, Red beacons can only be used by vehicles like ambulances, fire tenders and police cars, but only in cases of emergency as notified by the government.