In its notification dated 7th December, 2017, the Ministry of Highways and Road Transport, New Delhi, has banned all additional fittings (crash guards or commonly known as bull-bars on cars and SUVs).
The Ministry warned unauthorised fitting of the guards under Section 52 of Indian Motor Vehicle Act 1988 and indicated about imposition of penalties under Section 190 and 191.
The bull-bars can not only grievously injure pedestrians as well as the occupants in case of an accident or even a possibility of loss of life, but also reduce the mileage of the vehicle.
They also block the view of the registration number plate and such type of vehicles can easily escape from the scene in the event of hit-and-run cases and CCTVs cannot capture the registration number.
Even many non-transport vehicles are also fitting iron bars or beams, which are blocking the view of registration number, which is not permitted by law. Obstructing number plates also attracts fine from Traffic Police.
Hence, all vehicle owners, who have fitted such crash guards, are requested to remove it to avoid penalisation by Traffic Police and the RTO officials.
– Dr. S. V. N. Vijayendra, Roopanagar, 3.1.2018
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