Delhi

Increase in challans for tinted car windows

Despite zero tolerance by the Delhi Traffic Police against those driving cars with tinted windows, challans for the offence have increased to 143% over the last four years.

Supreme Court orders prohibit the use of black film or any other material on a vehicle’s windscreen and windows.

Only company-fitted tinted windows are permitted with 70% visual transmission of light on the front windscreen and the rear window, and 50% visual transmission of light for the remaining windows.

The Delhi Traffic Police said 24,549 vehicles were challaned for tinted windows in 2015 against 59,649 in 2018.

“Use of dark, black or reflective films on windows in vehicles is not permitted as per the law. We keep a check on such vehicles and fine drivers of car violating the rule. The figures are high because traffic police keep an eye on such vehicles. The violation is punishable with a challan and on-the-spot removal of film,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Alok Kumar.

Criminal activities

The police said cars with tinted windows are often used in robberies, murders and crimes against women. It also helps suspects evade detection during police checks.

To a question on why motorists still use reflective films when the traffic police is strict about the enforcement of the rule, Mr. Kumar said a driver can be fined just ₹300 for the offence under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Increase fine amount

“The fine amount for the offence needs to be increased to discourage drivers. Many persons challaned are repeat offenders who do not mind paying fine again. They mind us removing their costly reflective films, which are removed on the spot,” said Mr. Kumar.

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