Saturday, November 25, 2017
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stop glaring lights

The Traffic  cops love to give lectures to school boys; and once the Traffic Month arrives, in the past it used to turn into a Lecture Month for  the traffic officers. I  think, for a change, why not lecture to  the traffic cops.

  Hence, I will request  IG Dev Kumar to command the  Traffic  authorities to read what I am reproducing below from the booklet on Central Motor Vehicles Rules,1989. The relevant portion pertains to the rules against glaring headlights which hardly any vehicle owner is following and which the Traffic authorities have not been enforcing even though I have written about them umpteen times in these columns. The present traffic authorities also seem to be callous towards the older generation which cannot see properly when the glare of bright light falls on their eyes. But   their predecessors were not as heartless and cruel towards the senior citizens  as the present lot appears to be. They claim to protect the elders but refuse to see the threat they face from glaring headlights on our roads. A former District Magistrate, during the period of the Kumbh Mela before last had banned the usage of glaring headlights. He had warned the car owners to either use dippers or paint their headlights half black. When they did not do so, he ordered forcible painting of the headlights at road-crossings. That had the deterrent effect. But  the present lot seems to be lacking in the same guts or the inclination to do so or both.
I reproduce for  the traffic cops for ready  reference  Rule No 16 titled ‘Deflection of Lights’. The following are the details. Says sub-rule 1 and its clauses as follows
(1)No lamp showing a light to the front shall be used on any motor vehicle(whether fitted with single or dual head lamp)unless such lamp is so constructed, fitted and maintained that the beam of light emitted therefrom:-
  (a) is permanently deflected downwards to such an extent that it is incapable of dazzling any person standing on the same horizontal plane as the vehicle at a greater distance than eight metres from the lamp and whose eye-level is not less than hundred centimeters above the plane;

(b) is capable of being deflected downwards by the driver in such manner as to render it incapable of dazzling any such person in the circumstances aforesaid:

© is capable of being extinguished by the operation of a device which at the same time causes a beam of light to be emitted from the lamp which complies with the  provision of clause(a);

(d)is capable of being extinguished by the operation of a device  which at the same time either deflects the beam of light from another lamp downwards or both downwards and to the left in such a manner as to render it incapable of dazzling any person in the circumstances aforesaid, or brings into or leaves in operation a lamp which complies with the provision of clause(a)

2 IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN SUB-RULE (1) THE MOTOR VEHICLE USED IN A PUBLIC PLACE SHALL HAVE THE PANELS OF THE HEAD-LIGHTS SHADED BY A PAINTING LIKE BULLS EYE OF A DIAMETRE OF NOT LESS THAN FIVE CENTEMETERS AT THE CENTRE EXACTLY OPPOSITE THE POINT WHERE THE REFLECTORS CONVERGE.

(3) The provisions of sub-rule (1) shall not apply to any lamp fitted with an electric bulb, if the power of the bulb does not exceed 7 watts and the lamp is fitted with a frosted glass or other material which has the effect of diffusing the light.
Will the traffic cops  study these rules and act accordingly. Or  will they be waiting for someone to file a Public Interest Litigation in court? 

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