April 27th, 2012
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SC bans use of tinted glass in motors beyond permissible limit

Supreme Court New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday banned the use of tinted glass, restricting visions beyond permissible limit as fixed under the Motor Vehicles Act, in vehicles. The apex court has asked the state governments to frame guidelines for the use of tinted glasses for security purposes. A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia, however, made it clear that tinted glass can be used in vehicles of government officials for security purposes. The court was delivering verdict on a PIL seeking complete ban on the use of dark films on car windows, including the vehicles used by VVIPs.

The PIL submitted by the petitioner, Avishek Goenka, alleged that many crimes in cities were committed by people using tinted car windows. The court had reserved its judgement in the case on Monday.A bench of Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar asked the petitioner whether he had any statistics relating to the percentage of crimes committed using cars with tinted windows. Avishek Goenka, had contended that he had 25 RTI query replies from various police stations to back his claim that many crimes, including sexual assault on women, were committed by offenders who used cars with tinted glasses to evade public gaze and conceal their identity.

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



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