The Central government has directed all the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) to “strictly” ensure that all new vehicles, before hitting the road, are equipped with High Security Registration Plates (HSRPs). The fresh order was passed by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Morth). The ministry had earlier issued guidelines regarding fitting of tamper-proof registration plates by April 2019.
The HSRPs will help curb vehicle-theft and will enable easier tracking of lost and stolen vehicles.
Officials at Bareilly Regional Transport Office told TOI that the new system has now been mandated for new vehicles and officials have been asked to ensure compliance. Most automobile dealers have been apprised about it and new vehicles manufactured on or after April 1, 2019, will come fitted with the security registration plate.
Speaking to TOI, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO) Bareilly, RP Singh said, “The ministry had mandated fixing of HSRPs in vehicles by automobile manufacturers and dealers last year. And now, fresh guidelines have been issued to the regional transport officials to ensure compliance of the directions given.
“As per the rule, the vehicle manufacturers will be affixing the enhanced security registration plates in all vehicles before sale. Besides, manufacturing of third registration mark, having colour code for the fuel used in the vehicle, will also be fixed by the authorized dealers on the vehicle windshield before the vehicle hits the road.”
Giving details, the ARTO said, “A high-security registration plate is a chromium-based hologram which is applied by hot stamping on the number plates both at the front and rear of the vehicle. Besides, the third registration mark is a chromium-based hologram sticker affixed on the vehicle’s windshield from inside carrying registration details, engine number and chassis number, making vehicle more secure from theft.”
According to officials at RTO, the move is aimed at preventing foul-play or tampering and the enhanced security system will help curb vehicle theft besides, would enable easier tracking of lost and stolen vehicles.