ILLEGAL USE OF TINTED GLASS ON MOTOR VEHICLES-
The current covid-19 situation has caused a reduction in traffic violation cases from 2020. Hence, there is a considerable reduction in the illegal use of tinted glasses. The traffic police department is taking major steps to reduce the illegally used tinted glasses on the windows of motor vehicles.
The cases of illegal use of tinted glasses on motor vehicles are increasing constantly. The Kolkata traffic police department has reported that each day at least four cases of illegal use of tinted glasses on motor vehicles. Such cases are beyond the permissible limit granted by the traffic police department.
VIOLATIONS OF THE USE OF TINTED GLASS IN KOLKATA-
In a matter of a year, around 1500 vehicles were asked to remove the tinted windows from the rear and the side windows in Kolkata.
- According to the traffic police in Kolkata, a total of 7,645 challans were issued to motorists against illegally tinted glasses from January 2016 to June 2021.
- Out of this, 126 cases were recorded in 2016. Around 3800 challans were issued to violators against the illegal use of tinted glasses in 2017.
- 2550 cases were recorded in 2018. In 2019, the cases against were reduced to 875.
- In 2020, due to the covid-19, the cases reduced even more to 178.
- This year, that is 2021, till June the cases that recorded were 113 motor vehicles.
Arijit Sinha, the Deputy Commissioner of the Kolkata traffic police department, said “A severe crackdown on both tinted glass and dark-tinted glass has been ordered now. However, data shows that we have been serious about both issues for a long time now.”
RULES FOR USE OF TINTED GLASS ON MOTOR VEHICLES-
The Deputy Commissioner of the Kolkata traffic police further explained how the violators regarding tinted glass windows are challaned and punished. He said that the violators are challaned and fined under three categories:
- Section 100 (2) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules and Section 177 of the Motor vehicles Act-
Under these sections, it is stated that the front and back windows of any motor vehicle should allow at least 70 % of visual transmission. On the other hand, the side windows of any motor vehicle should allow at least 50 % of visual transmission. He also mentioned that the Kolkata traffic police have fined more than 4000 motor vehicles in the last five years under this section.
- Section 100 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules and Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act-
According to these sections, the glass of windscreen of every motor vehicle should be safety glasses. The visual transmission of light from such glasses should not be less than 70 %. A total of 3317 motor vehicles were challaned under this section since 2016.
- Section 100 (2) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules and Section 39, 52, and 192of the Motor Vehicles Act-
These sections deal with the use of colored laminated films on windows and windscreens of motor vehicles. A total of 200 motor vehicles have been challaned and fined under this.