Punjab, government has issued a notification, prohibiting the use of red beacon on all vehicles barring those belonging to a few high dignitaries. This is seen as a step aimed to end the VIP culture in Punjab.
An official spokesperson said, red light with flasher can now be used only by a few high dignitaries, including the Governor, the Chief Justice and judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In addition, four vehicles of the Protocol Branch will be authorised to use red light with flasher for visiting dignitaries who have been authorised use of red light by Government of India or their respective states or Union Territories. Escort vehicles travelling with all these authorised vehicles can use a blue light with flasher.
He said, Vehicles on emergency duty, including Ambulance, Disaster Recovery, Police or Fire Service vehicles can also use beacon lights,