General News of Thursday, 17 December 2015
The Police Administration has cautioned all persons who have fixed sirens and hazard lights in their vehicles without authority to remove them within two weeks or face prosecution.
The police say those who flagrantly abuse the siren and hazard light, especially the blue and red top light reserved for the police and a few other public institutions, exploit them to beat traffic, skip requisite motor traffic checks on the road and sometimes cover up crimes.
A statement issued by the police Thursday reminded the public that the Road Traffic Regulation 2012, [L. I. 2180] Regulation 166 permits only vehicles of the underlisted institutions to use the facility:
i. Fire Service
ii. Ambulance Service
iv. Armed Forces
v. Prisons and
vi. Other recognized security agencies.
“Therefore, persons, institutions and agencies which are not listed amongst those above are not allowed to fit their vehicle [s] with the siren and hazard light facility.
“Consequently the Police is giving a grace period of two weeks, with effect from 19th December 2015, for all unauthorized vehicles fitted with the gadget to have them removed. After the expiration of the period, the Police will mount a massive operation to arrest and prosecute all offenders,” said the statement signed by Supt. Cephas Arthur, Director of Police Public Affairs.