Presence of crash guards and bull bars on cars and two-wheelers will now attract a fine of upto Rs 2,000 for drivers in Delhi. Delhi’s transport department is cracking down on such vehicles that have crash guards fitted in its front or back as it is the violation of government set rules. As per the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, these accessories are illegal and installing them can attract a fine of 1,000 for the first offence and 2,000 for subsequent offences. Those who sell or deliver such accessories are also liable to be fined upto Rs 5,000. The crash guards are rods or bars made of steel, iron or plastic which are fixed in cars to protect the bumper, radiator, and headlights. They are also often fitted in two-wheelers. These aftermarket accessories can be fatal to both passengers and pedestrians. There are chances that the airbags may fail to operate due to the crash guard, causing harm to the driver and other passengers in the vehicle. The move comes days after the Union ministry of road transport and highways asked all states to take stern action against unauthorised fitment of crash guards in vehicles. The ministry stated that crash guards pose serious safety concerns to the pedestrians as well as occupants of the vehicle. The crackdown is set to begin from January where both the traffic police and enforcement teams of the transport department will prosecute offenders.