Planning to buy a vehicle after April 2019?
Ensure that it comes with a high-security registration plate (HRSP).
According to an NDTV report, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification amending the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.
This amendment mandates vehicle manufacturers to equip all new vehicles with high-security registration plates before supplying them to their dealers from April 2019.
It also stipulates that the dealers will later have to place a mark of registration on such plates and affix them on the vehicle.
What is a high-security registration plate?
According to an October 2018 NDTV report, the switch to high-security registration plates has been in the pipeline for a while now.
The idea is to not only curb vehicular theft but also to ensure that no illegal activities happen with swapped number plates.
These high-security number plates are made of aluminium and come with reflective tapes. They are tamper-proof and have a chromium-based and self-destructive hologram, which is hot stamped on the plate.
Also, a sticker on the plate carries all the essential details like–the vehicle’s engine and chassis number, and laser-branding of a 10-digit permanent identification number.
The notification adds that vehicle dealers can provide HSRP plates for old vehicles too.
The October report adds how this upgradation for owners of vehicles older than April 2019 will cost them Rs 67 for a two-wheeler and RS 213 for a four-wheeler.
To get this new and improved number plate, owners will need to carry their vehicle registration documents at the time of installation.
In a press release, the Road Transport Ministry explained, “This step is likely to improve the coverage of HSRP on vehicles while ensuring its quality by the vehicle manufacturers. The HSRP helps in keeping track of the vehicle, and makes it easier to trace a lost or stolen vehicle.”
The ministry added how the notification for the amendment was issued after “due consideration of objections and suggestions” received from the public. This was ensured in April after the government invited objections and suggestions from those likely to be affected by the amendment.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)