Jaipur: The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has issued a circular to automobile dealers making it mandatory for new vehicles including cars and bikes to be pre-fitted with ‘High-security Registration plates’. The registration plates will then be converted to ‘High-Security number plates’ by the vehicle manufacturer or dealer. Only after this process, the vehicle will be sold to the customer, said officials.
The circular was issued on the instructions from the ministry of road transport and highways. It has come into effect from April 1. The high security number plates will be used for curbing the cases of vehicle theft and ensuring uniformity of registration numbers.
The new rule has made it mandatory for all vehicles sold on or after April 1, 2019, to be pre-fitted with High-Security Registration Plates. The cost of the plates will be included in the price of the vehicle.
The transport ministry issued orders on Monday directing all the Regional transport offices to ensure implementation of the orders.
According to the officials, the new initiative will also enable easier tracking of lost and stolen vehicles. The vehicle owners will no longer be able to change the design of the number plates.
The pre-fitted security number plates will be made of a rare aluminum alloy and will contain a chromium-based hologram which will be hot-stamped on the top-left corner of both front and rear HSRPs. This stamp will contain the Ashoka Chakra in blue.
Also, a 10-digit unique permanent identification number (PIN) will be laser-branded into the bottom-left corner of the plates which will be fitted with a snap lock.
A hot-stamping film will be applied on the letters and numerals of the registration number and it will have ‘India’ inscribed on it.
The plates will have a standardized font and size. It will also come with a 15-year warranty, which will include replacement in case of breakage within the specified period.