Modi shows red light to beacons of VIP privilege

Only ambulances, fire engines, and police can use them

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to shake up India’s privileged VIP culture, most notably symbolised by flashing red beacon lights on top of vehicles, by scrapping a rule that allowed the Central and State governments to nominate dignitaries who could use such lights.

Moreover, States are also being stripped of their power to specify persons whose vehicles can use blue flashing lights. Effective May 1, only emergency services vehicles such as ambulances, fire engine trucks, and police vehicles will be allowed to use blue lights.

Note: Red lights will not be permitted on any vehicle. Private vehicles will not be allowed to use either red or blue lights.