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Kochi: The Kerala High Court has directed legal action against all government vehicles that are using illegal LED flashlights. The court pointed out that the use of fancy lights on vehicles is against the Motor Vehicles Act and hence illegal.
Recently, it has come to light that even government vehicles, including that of cabinet ministers, violate the existing rules and use LED lights on their cars. Based on these findings, the court asked the state police chief and transport commissioner to take appropriate action.
In accordance with the recent ruling, the government will be required to pay a fine of Rs 5000 for each vehicle that violates the regulations. The High Court's division bench has also clarified that this law applies not only to government vehicles in Kerala but also to vehicles of other states passing through the state.
It should be noted that the use of flashlights on vehicles is illegal under the Motor Vehicles Act across the country. In the past, ministers used to travel in cars with beacon lights. However, following the central government's decision to remove such lights, including those used in the Prime Minister's convoy, the state government followed suit and replaced beacon lights on cars used by cabinet ministers with LED lights. This move was aimed at discouraging VIP culture.