Notice issued to BMC over red beacon atop Mumbai Mayor's auto

Lester Mason
October 18, 2017

Last week, the Tardeo RTO had issued a notice to Mahadeshwar for continuing to have a red beacon atop his official vehicle, but the mayor has claimed he is unaware of the notice.

The RTO initiated the action after a media report highlighted that Mumbai's first citizen was still using the red beacon on his auto despite a ban on its use across the country. He also said the central government had not issued a GR prohibiting mayors from using red beacons on their cars.

The vehicle, registered at Tardeo RTO on October 4, was also embroiled in another controversy over exceeding the mandated budget. "The beacon was anyway covered and not being put to use", said the official.

Mahadeshwar questioned if the RTO had the authority to send a notice to him.

BMC officials, however, said they have received the RTO notice and have already it brought to the notice of higher authorities, including the mayor and his secretary. "If you have seen the notification please share it with me", he said.


The central government in May 2017 had made a decision to ban red beacons atop cars of all ministers, politicians and bureaucrats.

AV Shenoy, transport activist, said the laws of the country are common for everybody and therefore the mayor should set an example by following laws about the red beacon.

The ambulances and vehicles of the fire service, police, and army are also allowed to use blue flashing beacons to cut through traffic.

So what do Mumbaikars think about this VIP culture being swept under the carpet? "If it is not allowed, red beacon will be removed immediately".

Mumbai: The red beacon is a much sought after frill despite the Apex Court frowning at its use and the Union government giving clear directives banning the device. "The Mumbai mayor is so obsessed with the red beacon that he has forgotten it is not permanent". Mahadeshwar's previous vehicle, a Mahindra XUV500, had a beacon on it.

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