Intensifying their drive against tinted glass in vehicles, traffic cops have shifted the action from roads to parking lots across Mumbai. Not only that, over the past couple of days, they have been removing the tint from windows of vehicles themselves, rather than waiting for the owner of the vehicles to do it.
Since the crackdown on tinted glass began in the city early this year, the traffic cops have penalised 69,000 four-wheeler drivers. The drive was intensified after the Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction over the tardy implementation of its directions banning use of tint beyond the permissible limit on windows of vehicles in Delhi.
On May 4, the Supreme Court had ordered police across the country not just to fine the drivers of vehicles having tinted glasses, but to also take measures to remove the tint.
Mumbai traffic police officers said that even as drives against tinted glass were being conducted across the country, they decided to inspect parking lots in the city.
“On the road, traffic police officers have to fine vehicles one by one but in parking lots, we can take action on many vehicles at once,” said Brijesh Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
Singh said that after the Delhi rape case in which a girl was raped in a bus with tinted glasses as it went around the city, traffic police personnel in Mumbai have been instructed to be more vigilant about vehicles with tinted glass.
Officers said that in the initial days of the drive against tinted glass, police seized the driving licence and returned it only after the tinted film was removed from all the windows. The police also collected a fine of Rs 100 from the driver. Over the past two days, police have been visiting parking lots and removing tinted glasses themselves.
“This action is essential as the drive was not picking up,” added the traffic police officer.
In November, a traffic police officer was allegedly assaulted by a driver in Malad West when he intercepted a vehicle to fine him for tinted glasses. The traffic police sub-inspector, however, later backed out saying the driver had displayed indecent behaviour but had not physically attacked him.