In a major crackdown on the VIP culture in the country, the Centre on Wednesday banned the use of red beacon on vehicles of all central government vehicles from May 1.

The Cabinet also announced that the use of red beacon will only be allowed on vehicles attached to emergency services, like ambulance and police.

However, according to reports, the President, Prime Minister, Vice-President, Lok Sabha Speaker and Chief Justice of India are exempted from the ban.

Earlier, both the newly-formed Punjab and Uttar Pradesh governments had prohibited the use of red beacon light on all vehicles.

According to reports, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had last week called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.