A division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Amol Rattan Singh of Punjab and Haryana High Court while hearing a PIL filed in relation to the traffic-related issues of the tri-city (Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali), banned the display of stickers, display of designations, professions and organizations and other such symbols depicting status of celebrity on both government and non-government vehicles.
The bench stated that such an order also applies to the vehicles of judicial officers. The Court directed the removal of display of unauthorized emblems, including the display of words such as army, navy, chairman, vice-chairman, journalist, doctor, etc from the vehicles. The authorities have been directed to act accordingly within 72 hours. The High Court has granted exemption only to ambulances, fire engines and other vehicles used for salvage purposes.
The bench in its order also addressed the issue of “idle-parking” on the roadside and directed the authorities to tow away vehicles not parked in the designated parking spaces. The Court has given the Chandigarh Administration, 90 days to finalize the draft parking policy including 30 days given to the general public and other stakeholders to raise objections to the draft. The directions would be applicable to Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali.
The bench also took note of the fact of the non-working of CCTV cameras in school buses. The bench stated that only buses with two gates will be allowed to transport school children and that there will be periodical checks every 3 months to ensure that the CCTV cameras in the buses are in working condition.
The order has been passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 24th January 2020.