After the Union Government put an end to the use of red beacons on VIP vehicles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said "Every Indian is a VIP".
Responding to a tweet which praised Modi for the decision and described VIP as 'Volunteers in Progress of India', the Prime Minister said that it was a 'good phrase'.
In response to another tweet which described the move as 'historic', Modi said it should have been done long back.
The Centre on Wednesday approved this decision, but there are certain exempted categories. The only five categories would be allowed to use it are -- President, vice president, prime minister, Chief Justice of India and the speaker of Lok Sabha. The decision comes into effect from May 1, 2017.
The move comes weeks after the two chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab decided against the use of the red beacon or lal batti on their official cars.
In effect, the ban applies to union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the high court and Supreme Court.