How many times have we spotted vehicles on Indian roads displaying caste, religion or even the political affiliation of the owner? Countless, right? Now people might have different opinions on the practice but one thing is for sure, such displays should not be hindering with the laws of the road. And while no specific action was taken against such vehicles till now, things are set to change soon.
A recent report by TOI reveals that the Rajasthan traffic department will now penalise motorists having such displays on their vehicles. No, the penalty is not associated with the displays as such. Instead, it is meant to discourage such postings on the windscreen and the number plate of a vehicle.
A recent letter by the Civil Rights Society mentions how such vinyls can be dangerous on the windscreens of the vehicles and for obvious reasons. Any graphic on the windscreen is bound to reduce the visibility of the driver. As for the number plate, having any graphic posted on it was always illegal, with a corresponding penalty of Rs 5,000, as per a senior traffic police officer quoted in the report.
The letter also raised the issue of such postings raising communalism and casteism in society. Citing the letter, traffic SP passed an order on September 3 following which, action will be taken against any such vehicle on the road.
Interestingly, the order does not mention any penalty for such a violation. In that case, such violations will be treated under the Section 177 of Motor Vehicles Act 1988 which says that the maximum fine for such violations is Rs 100 for the first instance and Rs 300 for subsequent faults.
So in case you have a vinyl on your vehicle displaying any such affiliation of yours, better make sure it is not at any one of the two spots on the vehicle. Lest, be ready to shell out Rs 100. Of course, with the recent amendment in the Motor Vehicle Act, this penalty might not seem considerable at all. After all, people are paying challans worth Rs 23,000 since September 1! Don’t believe it?