MVD directs to remove curtain, sun film from ministers’ cars
Thiruvananthapuram: The motor vehicle department has directed the tourism department to immediately remove the curtain and sun films placed on official vehicles of the ministers. Transport Commission of Kerala has issued a letter to the tourism department in this regard.
The ministers and VIPs are allotted cars from the tourism department. As being the owner of these vehicles, the tourism department has the responsibility to remove the illegal arrangements in the vehicles. If the vehicles violate norms, the tourism department is liable to pay the fine, said the letter.
Earlier, additional chief secretary had issued an order directing to remove sun film and curtains in government vehicles. As per this, the Transport Commissioner has directed MVD officials to carry out a special vehicle inspection called Operation Screen across the state.
Meanwhile, the ministers and MLAs arrived for the assembly session in their official cars which had illegal sun-control films and curtains. Hence, the MVD faced criticism for allowing the ministers and VIPs to violate the rule.
Official vehicles of departmental secretaries and district collectors were also found with curtains.
On the other day, the state police chief had ordered to remove the window curtains in police vehicles. As per the central motor vehicle act, use of sun films or curtains hindering the visibility to the vehicle is illegal. The Supreme Court has banned sun films affixed on vehicles in 2012. The Kerala High Court also banned the use of curtains in 2019.
Banned objects in vehicles
- Sun film and curtain on the window
- Rod which used to affix flag on the bonnet
- Crash guards in front and back of the cars
- Footboards which bulge towards outside
- Any modification after purchasing the car is illegal
What is allowed?
- Tinted glass provided by the vehicle manufactures. These glasses must have 70 percent visibility on the rear side and 50 percent on both sides.
- VIPs who hold Z and X-Plus level security are allowed to use curtains.
- In Kerala, only Chief Minister comes under this security cover.
Those who violate the norm are liable to pay a fine of Rs 1250 including the punishment for not obeying the court order.