The Central Government has directed all the state Governments to initiate stern measures against unauthorised fitment of crash guards or bull bars in vehicles. It said such fittings pose a safety concern for pedestrians.
The fitments of crash guards/ bull bar is in contravention of section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and attracts penalty under section 190 and 191 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. In a note, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has asked the Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and transport commissioners to take action against such violators.
Crash guards or bull bar on the vehicles pose serious safety concerns to the pedestrians as well as occupants of the vehicle.
Section 190 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 mentions that any person who drives or causes or allows to be driven, in any public place a motor vehicle, which violates the standards prescribed in relation to road safety, control of noise and air-pollution, shall be punishable for the first offence with a fine of Rs 1,000 and for any second or subsequent offence with a fine of Rs 2,000.