Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SC order forces states to take up high-security registration plates

For new vehicle owners eagerly awaiting their registration numbers and 'high-security registration plates' (HSRP), here is some good news. The Ahmedabad Road Transport Office is all set to begin affixing high-security registration plates from Wednesday.

The move came after the Supreme Court, taking suo motu note of the delay in affixing these high security registration plates on vehicles in Delhi, ordered that no new vehicle be allowed on the road without secure registration plates.

Supreme Court had ruled that no new vehicle must now be delivered by a dealer without the HSRP fixed. The court had ruled that if a dealer allows a new vehicle on to the road without these plates, its chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) or MD or manager, whosoever is in charge, will be liable for contempt of court.

However, since there was a delay on the part of the state government to implement this move, dealers were forced to give deliver vehicles without HSRP. There are more than 3,000-odd four wheeler and another 10,000-odd two-wheelers awaiting HSRPs. These vehicles have been registered but owners are yet to get the plates affixed.

It is now essential that a person who buys a vehicle visits his Regional Transport Office. According to government directions, all newly-registered vehicles are to have HSRP affixed, as well as old and existing vehicles be covered.

The HSRPs are made of 1 mm thick aluminum and have a retro-reflective sheet. They bear a chromium-based hologram, an India 'In' scripted hot stamping foil, a unique laser code, embossed registration number, self-destructive windshield sticker and a non-reusable snap lock.

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