Delhi: Strict police check on tinted car glass bearing fruit

Remove tinted glass and fancy number plates from your vehicle within 72 hours or go to court to get licence back -- a strict direction from Delhi Police appears to be paying dividends in checking the menace.

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011, 11:59 AM IST

New Delhi: Remove tinted glass and fancy
number plates from your vehicle within 72 hours or go to court
to get licence back -- a strict direction from Delhi Police
appears to be paying dividends in checking the menace.

From last month, police have been asking the erring
vehicle owners to remove tinted glass within 72 hours and
produce the vehicle at police station to get back their
vehicle documents or driving licences back.
"Action in three months including giving of directions
of removal of defect and production of vehicle has resulted in
better compliance with rules," Satyendra Garg, Joint
Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said.

Till March 31 this year, Delhi Police has prosecuted
29,579 people for having tinted glass on their vehicles as
against 1,927 prosecutions last year same time.

According to rules, there should be at least 70 per
cent transparency in the front and rear windows and 50 per
cent transparency on the side windows.

"When we started the drive against tinted glasses
after some vehicles were found involved in crime against
women, we discovered that people preferred to pay fines when
caught but did not remove films. There were many cases of
multiple challans of same vehicles," he said.
The rule book came to police`s rescue where they
discovered that apart from prosecution, they can give
directions to remove defect, impound a document to ensure
compliance in three days failing which challan and the
document could be sent to the court.

This, he said, had the desired result instantly and
many people started removing films from their vehicles on
their own on the spot rather than taking directions.

Large queues were witnessed near some workshops where
people lined for removing the offending tint.

From March 3, when police started giving directions as
many as 3,582 vehicle owners representative removed films
instantly when caught.

Till March 31, a total of 6,450 directions were issued
for removal of defect like tinted glass, defective number
plates and pressure horns and in 5,863 cases the compliance
was made within 72 hours of the issuance of directions.

Garg said 435 cases still had time for 72 hours and
only 212 who did not comply with the directions their cases
along with seized documents were sent to concerned court.

"This has reduced the ordinary sight of vehicles
having jet black tinted glasses where nothing could be seen
inside. The city has behaved well and with a bit of firmness
improvement has come in compliance with traffic rules," he
said.

PTI