The Hush Post: Punjab and Haryana High Court today sought response from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on a plea challenging its recent ban on fitting of crash guards or bull bars on vehicles. The centre had on December 7 written to all the states and union territories directing them to take a stern action such against unauthorised fitments saying such fittings pose a safety concern for pedestrians as well as occupants of the vehicle.
Chandigarh resident Sunil Bhasin in his petition had said that the Centre’s move is illegal. The Centre’s letter states that action should be taken against such vehicles under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The plea argues that such armours, bull bars or crash guards don’t find mention in the Act. The centre’s move to ban such fittings under the Act is in contravention of the established law, the petition stated.
The petitioner also pleaded that this directive of the centre will ruin thousands of businessmen who either manufacture these parts or provide the raw material for them. Besides, the plea also states that many companies are selling cars already fitted with such equipments.