PIMPRI: Vehicle owners can install bull bars or crash guards on their vehicles as the Delhi High Court has stayed the ban imposed on installing them, said the Indian Safety Guards Industries Association (ISGI). However, a final decision in the PIL filed against the use of such bars is awaited.
The industry was feeling the heat after the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued an advisory to the State governments to act against vehicles fitted with bull bars as it is unsafe and contravenes Section 52 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 with a penalty under Section 190/191.
The State government banned the use of bull bars and crash guards on four-wheelers through a letter dated December 12, 2017. The ISGI claimed that 20 lakh people dependent directly or indirectly on this industry would become jobless following the implementation of the ban. They have some respite with the Delhi High Court order issued on April 18.
ISGIA vice-president Manish Kolhatkar said, “The letter that the government issued had no legal standing as there is no law, rule, by-law with respect to crash guards and bull bars. So, the association approached the Delhi High Court against the diktat. The court has given relief to the industry. However, there are misconceptions among vehicle owners. Sale of crash guards is not picking up. There is a need that government agencies remove these misconceptions.”
He said, “A final decision is pending on the PIL filed by Arshi Kapoor challenging the use of metal bull bar and crash guards on vehicles, which may cause serious damage to pedestrians and safety of vehicles.”
He said the ministry has not given a satisfying answer to questions raised by them.