Jamshedpur: Thousands of private cars are still plying on the roads with tinted glasses. And, officials say people are reluctant to cooperate in most cases.
The Centre has given specifications for the percentage of light transmission allowed in motor vehicles. The Government Order calls for strict compliance of provisions of Rule 100 (2) of the Central Motor Vehicle Rule (CMVR). As per the rule, the glass of the windscreen and rear window of every motor vehicle should have visual transmission of light not less than 70 per cent.
In respect of side windows, it should not be less than 50 per cent. The prescribed limit of opacity for the front and rear windows is 20 per cent, while for the side windows it is 70 per cent. To ascertain the percentage of visual transmission in the event of use of such films and tinted glasses, a luxmetre is required.
Most of the car-owners prefer to avoid plain glasses as they pass heat inside the vehicle through sunlight. Even when the air-conditioner is on, the transmission of sunlight through glasses lessens the cooling effect. Thus, many motor vehicle owners use tinted glasses or dark films to mitigate the heat, especially during summer.
Vivekanand Thakur, traffic DSP said they had been doing their job diligently but the number of vehicles with tinted glasses was huge in the city. He said that a drive will soon launch to act against those flouting norms.
Harsh, a dealer of car accessories: “When the Traffic Police intensified its drive against the violation a few days ago, some customers had approached us to get the tinted films removed from their vehicles. However, their number gradually decreased and we have not received any such customer in the past few days.”
Another dealer said vehicle owners were still approaching them to get films on their vehicles. “People are still approaching us to get films on the windowpanes of their vehicles. Most claim tinted glasses enhance the effect of air-conditioners in their vehicles,” he added.
Rahul, a vehicle owner, said although he was not aware of the High Court directive or the police action, he would get the film removed from his vehicle.
“The authorities have a genuine reason to prosecute vehicle owners, but I had been using the film on my vehicle to enhance the cooling of the air-conditioner,” he said.
A social worker, said people should also co-operate with the authorities in the initiative. “There have been instances where tinted glasses have been misused by individuals.
Youths make wrong use of such vehicles and indulge in criminal acts. The authorities concerned cannot get the desired results without the cooperation of the people,” he added.