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51 car owners fined for tinted car glasses

Jamshedpur, Aug. 3: City traffic police today launched a drive against tinted windows. Following directive from SP city Jamshedpur, Prashant Anand, traffic cops from all the five traffic police stations in Sakchi, Bistupur, Golmuri, Mango and Jugsalai today carried out surprise checking drive for nearly two hours from 12 noon at five major roundabouts across city against use of tinted windows.

The traffic police official said that similar drive would be carried out on newer locations by the traffic police against tinted glass to stop escape routes of offenders.

On the first day of the drive, nearly 51 car owners were fined for violating Supreme Court on tinted glass. In its order passed in May 2012, the Supreme Court had said visual light transmission or VLT should be at least 70 per cent for front and rear screens and 50 per cent for the side windows while straightway banning use of black films on windows. As per Motor Vehicle Act, fine for violation of the norm is Rs 1000.

While the deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Vivekanand Thakur kept on monitoring the exercise of intercepting the vehicles with tinted glass, his subordinates remained busy in stripping the films and also penalising the vehicle owners in question.

” Though we did not get any fire-arms or other objectionable things like liquor bottles, we have accumulated a handsome revenue in the form of penalty. From the drive we have earned over Rs 75,000,” said Thakur.

Thakur said that in addition to the special drive against use of tinted films on windows the routine drive against traffic violations by two wheelers would also continue simultaneously.

Many people in the city use tinted glasses in their vehicles and SUVs without dark glasses are rare here.

“Those who buy SUVs are generally well-connected people and thus we avoid checking them.

In many cases, owner of a vehicle uses flag of a certain political party to avoid the cops,” said a policeman, who did not wish to be named.

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