Use of Black Films on safety/side glasses & windscreens of all vehicles prohibited: SC

The Supreme Court of India prohibited the use of black films or any other material upon the safety glasses, windscreens (front and rear) and side glasses of all vehicles throughout the country.
The Court ruled “The competent officer of the traffic police or any other authorized person shall challan such vehicles with effect from the specified date and thereupon shall also remove the black films from the offending vehicles.”
The Court also oberved that certain VIPs/VVIPs are using black films on their vehicles for security reasons even though this practice is not supported by law, as no notification by the competent authority has been brought to their notice, giving exemption to such vehicles. It, however, directed that Home Secretary and Police Heads of the concerned States may provide such exemption in accordance with law only in relation to official cars of VIPs/VVIPs, depending upon the category of security that such person has been awarded by the competent authority.
The directions contained in this judgment shall become operative and enforceable with effect from 4th May, 2012.

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