VIPs, stars seek exemption from tinted film ban

The city traffic police received 30 requests from VIPs and actors to be exempted from the no-tinted-glass rule for personal vehicles as per the Supreme Court order.

The requests have now been forwarded to the office of the Director General of Police, to be evaluated by a special committee. Inter-estingly, the referral panel is yet to be formed even after a month of initiating the drive against tinted glasses on personal vehicles.

According to sources at the DGP office, most of the requests are from Tolly-wood actors, while 18 others are from politicians. Some private individuals, quoting health reasons, also applied for exemption.

Earlier this year, the SC had banned the use of tinted glass, restricting visions beyond permissible limit, as fixed under the Motor Vehicles Act, in vehicles.

The Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, say the glasses of windscreen and rear windows of vehicles shou-ld have a visual light transmission of 70 per cent and for side windows it should be at least 50 per cent.

However, the Bench headed by then Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia had made it clear that tinted glass can be used in vehicles of government officials for security purposes and asked the states to frame guidelines regarding this.

The SC order came following a spurt in crimes such as kidnappings and sexual assault on moving vehicles across the country.

Given the guidelines, most film actors’ requests are likely to be turned down.

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