Mumbai: More than 33,000 motorists fined for tinted films on windows in last 5 months

Updated: Jun 25, 2019, 20:06 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Though the number of violators has decreased in the last seven years, more than 33,000 motorists have been fined for tinted films on windows in the last five months

Mumbai: More than 33,000 motorists fined for tinted films on windows in last 5 months
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Despite the orders of the Supreme Court, several motorists in the city and across Mumbai are still flouting the
rule and are applying tinted or dark films on their car windows. Although the number of violators has decreased in the last seven years, motorists in the city who violate the rules will be penalised under the Motor Vehicle Act (MVC)

In 2012, the Supreme Court had ordered a complete ban on the use of tinted plastic films or any other material tampering with the original form of the safety glass on the car windows. In the last seven years, authorities have collected Rs 15 crore in fines whereas, in the last five months, the Maharashtra state police have penalised nearly 33,167 motorists for violation of rules.

After the apex court's ban in 2012, in the first year itself over 3.34 lakh vehicles were fined, which helped the government to collect a whopping Rs 3.26 crore as fine. It was the highest collection raised through fines. However, the number of violators dropped significantly to 73,747 in 2018.

Off lately, the craze of applying black screen has re-surfaced once again, forcing the police department to take necessary action against such violators. Vinay Kargaokar, the Additional Director General of Police (Traffic) has urged citizens to follow the rules or face strict action, reports Mumbai Mirror.

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