Drive against tinted glasses on Delhi cars from Friday



New Delhi: Come Friday, 50 teams of the Delhi traffic police will be stationed in the capital to crack the whip on vehicles with tinted glasses following a recent Supreme Court ruling banning use of black films on car glasses.

The apex court in its ruling April 27 banned the use of black films of any visible light transmission (VLT) percentage or any other material on the front and rear screens and windows of all vehicles throughout the country. The ban would be enforceable from May 4.

"We will be deploying 50 teams around the city from tomorrow (Friday) morning, especially on major intersections to prosecute violators and remove the film from their vehicles on the spot," said a senior police official.

Under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, glasses of windscreen and rear windows of vehicles should have a visual light transmission of 70 per cent. For side windows, it should be at least 50 per cent.

However, the apex court's ruling said no black film or any other material can be pasted on the windscreens and side glasses of a vehicle.

"We will challan the vehicle with films irrespective of their percentage. If the vehicle owner resists, the car will be impounded immediately," added the official.

The news, however, has not gone down well with several Delhiites who questioned the timing of the ruling owing to the hot summer season ahead.

"Sun control films help keep the cars cool by increasing the efficiency of the air-conditioner. Not only will take ages for the cabin to cool in May and June but unnecessary fuel will also be burnt affecting the car's mileage," said Pulkit Mehta, a 32-year-old businessman from south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar.

The force's Facebook page too was full of hundreds of comments by people miffed with the news.

IANS