The Supreme Court has asked the Centre and the state governments to restrict the use of red beacon vehicles to facilitate free movement for the common man.
"The use of red beacon on government and private vehicles should be drastically restricted so that the people's right to freedom of movement is not affected," the court says. Criticizing the use of red beacon as a status symbol, the court said, "The status of a person is enhanced not by traveling in red beacon vehicles but by the work done by them."
The court has said that the red beacons and sirens should be used only on ambulances, fire services vehicles and police and army vehicles. In an earlier order, the court had strongly objected to the VIP and VVIP police protection given to "all and sundry," including MPs and MLAs who had no security threat. The court had also directed the Centre and all states to furnish the names of the people given the security and the expenditure made by them on it.