PM Modi ends 'lal batti' culture for VVIPs, only emergency vehicles allowed from May 1

The cabinet today decided to amend the Motor Vehicles Act to bar officials from using red or blue beacons. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to use blue beacons under the new rule.

The cabinet today decided to bar officials, from both Centre and state, from using red beacons atop their vehicles.

The decision was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a press conference today afternoon.

Sources told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, though exempt from the new rule, plans on giving up the beacon atop his car.



  1. The Centre is amending the Motor Vehicles Act to remove Rule 108 (1) (3). The amendment will take effect from May 1.
  2. Once the new rule goes into effect, no officials, whether from the Centre or a state, will be allowed to use red beacons atop their cars.
  3. Five categories of people will be exempt from the new rule - the President of India, the Vice President of India, the Prime Minister of India, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India.
  4. While PM Modi is exempt from the new rule, sources have told India Today that he plans to shunning red lights atop his cars. Union minister for transport Nitin Gadkari has also said that he will give up using red beacons.
  5. Officials will not be allowed to use blue beacons either, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said during his press conference. "There will be no exceptions," he also said, adding, "Emergency services like fire tenders, ambulances and police will be exempted and can use blue beacons."
  6. The new rule was mooted by PM Modi himself, Jaitley said, adding, the proposal was then sent to the cabinet, which approved it today.