Delhi HC stays Centre's notification on crash guards till April 18

The Delhi High Court has decided to put a stay on the Centre’s notification that directed all states to take action against all the cars and SUVs that have been fitted with a bullbar.

This order came from the bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar, who asked the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to re-examine this matter.

Section 190 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 mentions that any person who drives or causes or allows to be driven, in any public place a motor vehicle, which violates the standards prescribed in relation to road safety, control of noise and air-pollution, shall be punishable for the first offence with a fine of Rs 1,000 and for any second or subsequent offence with a fine of Rs 2,000.

Pedestrian safety is also hugely compromised by bullbars. Cars are designed to meet pedestrian safety standards but the fitment of bullbars actually offsets the benefits of a pedestrian-friendly front-end design as mandated by latest vehicle norms.