Thursday, April 7, 2011

High Security Registration Plates -Supreme Court

High security No. plates must: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday left no option for the Centre and states but to speedily implement the policy on installation of high security registration plates (HSRP) in 9 crore vehicles across the country.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar slammed the states for their lethargy in implementing the court’s 2008 judgment upholding the Centre’s 2001 notification on mandatory HSRPs for vehicles.

Writing the judgment for the bench, Justice Kumar said the executive must implement the court’s order within the stipulated time, especially when the issue concerned safety of citizens, which was of paramount interest for the governments.

It lamented non-implementation of the court’s May 8, 2008 judgment pronounced on a petition filed by Maninderjit Singh Bitta and issued contempt notices to the transport secretaries of Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The bench warned that if there was deliberate delay in implementing the court’s order, then the transport secretary concerned would not only face punishment under the Contempt of Court Act but also end up paying heavy fine from his pocket.

It asked the transport secretaries of Delhi, UP and Punjab to file their personal affidavits within four weeks. Those who fail to file their affidavits would be required to be personally present in court during the next hearing.

The court also directed those states which have initiated the process of implementation of HSRPs to complete it within 6 weeks. Each HSRP is estimated to cost between Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. With India having over 9 crore vehicles, including 6.5 crore two-wheelers, the 16 selected manufacturers are expected to do a total business of Rs 5,000 crore.

The court on May 8, 2008 had asked the governments to make modifications in the HSRP scheme drafted by the Centre and implement it within 6 months, a deadline which was extended from time to time.

The court had, in its earlier judgment, dispelled challenges to the scheme and held it to be in public interest as it sought to track down stolen vehicles through a GPS security chip attached to HSRPs to prevent its misuse for terrorist and disruptive activities.


SC issues notices to transport secys of Delhi, Punjab and UP Warns them to implement 2008 judgment on high security registration plates GPS chips to be attached to HSRPs to prevent misuse of stolen vehicles

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