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Red beacons for VIPs banned from May 1, even vehicles of PM?and President not exempt

Red beacons for VIPs banned from May 1, even vehicles of PM?and President not exempt

VIP’s are banned red beacons atop cars of all ministers, politicians, and bureaucrats, ending a privilege that was seen as the ultimate status symbol.

About Six categories of Beacons:-

  • Since the British rulers introduced it the primarily red, blue and yellow are in use in India but the red, or the coveted “lal batti”, has been drawing maximum attention as an elitist VIP symbol
  • The clause from the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, that gave the Centre and state the power to decide who should be allowed to display red beacons.
  • The fire brigade, ambulance services, police vehicles and other emergency services will be allowed to use the blue beacon.


  • The Supreme Court in 2013 directed States to amend the Motor Vehicle Rules to restrict the use of the red beacon.
  • It had stated that only constitutional authorities should be allowed to use the red beacon. This decision of the cabinet assumes significance in the aftermath of the attack on the Parliament in 2001. 


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