A tamper proof 'Press' tag for vehicles used by genuine mediapersons for discharging of their duties would be issued by the Information and Public Relations department from April 1, said H M Shangpliang, Director of Information and Public Relations.

He added that the tag would be countersigned by the Superintendent of Police.

Further Shangpliang mentioned that the Press tag is used illegally by many on their vehicles which was considered as an act of 'impersonation and misuse' of the privileges of mediapersons.

All media organisations have been asked to furnish a list of vehicles used by their representatives for discharging of their duties, he said.

However, the Supreme Court has banned use of red beacons with flashers on all vehicles except those used by high officials holding constitutional posts.

The apex court has also asked the government to make appropriate amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act to make fine amounts a deterrent.


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