The Madras Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday upheld the Central authorities’s December 2017 notification prohibiting the usage of crash guards and bull bars in autos, observing that drivers of such autos behave as “bullies” on roads.
Disposing of two public curiosity litigation petitions (PILs) that insisted on efficient implementation of the ban, the bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P.D. Audikesavalu held that the Union Highway Transport and Highways Ministry appeared to have issued the notification in public curiosity.
It mentioned that it could usually not intervene in such notifications issued within the public curiosity by the federal government until they had been absurd or objectionable.
The courtroom additionally mentioned that the drivers of the autos fitted with crash guards and bull boards behaved appreciated “bullies” on the street, particularly on state and nationwide highways.
It famous the notification has clearly mentioned that fitment of crash guards or bull bars was in violation of Part 52 of the Motor Autos Act, 1988, which prevents alterations in autos in variation to specs talked about within the registration certificates.
Advocate Ajay Francis, representing one of many petitioners, argued that the fitment of the crash guards modifications the fundamental specification of a car and will increase its size.
The counsel additionally mentioned that scientific research had been performed to show that after market fitments weren’t protected for motorists.
As senior counsel R. L. Sundaresan, showing for the crash guard and bull bar producers, mentioned that the fittings solely present extra security and sought liberty to persuade the centre, the bench mentioned that the orders handed by it could not stop the producers from making an applicable illustration to the Centre.
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