Government has asked RTOs across the country to take serious action against illegal fixture of bull bars or crash guards, which will now be fined anywhere between Rs. 1000, and go upto Rs. 5000, this step has been undertaken to cut down on illegal modifications. First time offense will be fined with Rs. 1000 & Rs. 2000 for the second time. Not only the seller, but the deliverer could also be penalized up to Rs. 2000. The purpose of front bumper is to cause minimal damage to the pedestrian in case of contact, the bull bar fails the purpose.
Talking about safety, bull bars do more harm than actual protection to the pedestrian and car occupants. Apart from that, the accessory can also most likely cover sensors that detect and deploy airbags during a crash. As bull guards are fitted to the chassis of the vehicle, it might get weaken in a case of any collision.
Section 191 says, "Whoever being an importer of or dealer in motor vehicles, sells or delivers or offers to sell or deliver a motor vehicle or trailer in such condition that the use thereof in a public place would be in contravention of Chapter VII or any rule made thereunder or alters the motor vehicle or trailer so as to render its conditions such that its use in a public place would be in contravention of Chapter VII or any rule made thereunder shall be punishable with fine which may extend to Rs 5,000."
These bars are fitted in violation of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which prescribes a fine of ₹ 1000 for the driver for the first offense and ₹ 2000 for second or subsequent offenses while the penalty for seller or deliverer could be Rs 5,000.
Section 190 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 mentions that any person who drives or causes or allows to be driven, in any public place a motor vehicle, which violates the standards prescribed in relation to road safety, control of noise and air-pollution, shall be punishable for the first offense with a fine of Rs 1,000 and for any second or subsequent offense with a fine of Rs 2,000.