Crackdown on vehicles with tinted glass intensifies

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Crackdown on vehicles with tinted glass intensifies

Wednesday, 03 April 2024 | Saumya Shukla | New Delhi

Crackdown on vehicles with tinted glass intensifies

 Considering the involvement of tinted glass-equipped vehicles in criminal activities and the increasing prevalence of such vehicles, the Delhi Police has initiated a crackdown on these vehicles across the national Capital.

The Najafgarh area of south west Delhi leads the list as of now with as many as 851 violations, followed by 617 in Nangloi, 417 in Punjabi Bagh, 365 in Tilak Nagar and 350 in Dwarka among others. The IGI airport area in Delhi, known for its bustling activity among tourists and foreigners, has also experienced a 100 per cent surge in violations within just one year. Last year, the Delhi Traffic Police recorded 123 violations, whereas from January 1 to March 15 this year, the number has escalated to 265 violations.

The police said such vehicles have  a history of being used for committing crime against women by criminals. According to the law, the front windscreen should have a visual light transmission (VLT) of at least 70 per cent, which means it shouldn’t block more than 30 per cent of the light. The side windows should maintain a VLT of at least 50 per cent, ensuring adequate visibility.

The opaqueness of heavily tinted windows obstructs clear visibility, posing a threat both for the other commuters and pedestrians and the driver of the four wheelers. The Delhi Traffic Police launched campaigns this year to target such vehicles with as many as 7,567 violators booked in 2023 compared to 1,083 in 2022 and 3,029 in 2023. Taking vigilance of a concerning trend of non-compliance, measures including heightened surveillance, regular checkpoints, and stringent penalties for offenders were put in place in India’s Capital.

These violations were frequently happening mainly in West and South west Delhi including areas of Najafgarh, Nangloi, Punjabi Bagh, Tilak Nagar, Dwarka, Karol Bagh, IGI Airport, Kapashera, Rajouri Garden, and Badarpur. 

Comparatively, the violations in these areas have also increased manifold over the years. While 50 violations were seen in Punjabi Bagh in 2022, the number went up to 417 in 2024.

Similarly, in a period of a year the number of tinted glass violations in Tilak Nagar area went to 365 from just 129 in 2023.

By addressing this issue, the Delhi Traffic Police aims to mitigate potential hazards associated with impaired visibility, thereby reducing the incidence of accidents and promoting responsible driving practices. It also aims to crackdown on criminals who target women.

Vehicle owners have been told to adhere strictly to regulations of tinted glass, stating that the “compliance with these regulations not only fosters safer road conditions but also contributes to the overall well-being of the community”.

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