The step has been taken to act on the directive of ministry of road transport and highways, which has banned crash guards.
Officials and staff of the Noida Transport Department will be on the roads to act on the directive of ministry of road transport and highways to remove crash guards from four-wheelers in the city. Not only that, a fine of Rs 1,000 will also be imposed on drivers. Residents have been alerted and they have till Saturday to remove the guards from their vehicles. Action will be initiated against drivers who refuse to follow the order after Monday.
SK Singh, ARTO enforcement of Noida said, “Crash guards have been banned by the ministry of road transport and highways. Vehicle dealers have also been instructed not to sell or instal crash guards on vehicles. Fitness certificate will not be issued to vehicles with crash guards. First-time violation of this order will draw a fine of Rs 1,000, while second-time offenders will be penalised with Rs 2,000."
A drive to cut off crash guards with gas cutters will be started from Monday. The expenses incurred in the process will also be recovered from the vehicle owner. People have been urged to remove the crash guard themselves from their vehicles to avoid trouble.
The act of fitting crash guards and bull bars is in contravention of Section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, and attracts penalty under Sections 190 and 191 of the Act.
Arunendra Pandey, GB Nagar ARTO, said, “If a vehicle is fitted with crash guards, in the event of massive collision the impact is bound to be disproportionately distributed. As a result, the airbags may not open to save the occupants of the car. The pedestrians, too, suffer greater injuries."