Is a private person entitled for a red light on a vehicle?
The appellant had applied for red light on the front bonnet as per rule 97(2)(d) of the Delhi Motor Vehicle Act to the Chief Secretary and his request for grant of permission for using red light on vehicle was turned down. He sought information regarding the eligibility criteria to obtain the permission for red light, grounds for rejection of his application and related information. The PIO provided partial information while the FAA endorsed the decision of PIO.
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The appellant insisted that he be provided with reasons for not giving him permission to carry such a red light on the bonnet of his car. The Respondent submitted that the application of the Appellant was rejected by the competent authority in since the Applicant is a private person and an NGO. The noting was produced before the Commission. The Commission directed the PIO to provide a copy of any order or circular existing in this regard denying the red light to private persons or to member of an NGO. If no such Order exists, the Commission directed that the appellant should be informed about its non-availability.
As per Rule 97(2)(d) of Delhi Motor vehicles Act, 1993, a red light without flasher is allowed to be used on the front bonnet of motor vehicle after obtaining the written permission of the Chief Secretary of NCT of Delhi provided that the power of the bulb so used shall not exceed 7 watts and shall be covered with frosted glass. If every citizen keeps demanding for the same, the impact on the traffic would be disastrous.
Citation: Shri. Sanjay Kumar v. Transport Department Secretariat branch in file no. CIC/AD/A/2011/002534
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/49
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