The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways(MoRTH) has issued a notification that brings a landmark change to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules.
Now, it is mandatory for all vehicle manufacturers to roll out vehicles with High-security Registration Plates (HSRP) starting April 2019. This move will definitely ease out for the buyer and relieve him from waiting in lines at the DMV for high-security plates. Also it is likely to impede the vehicle theft and fraud that is currently on in the country.
MoRTH has been considering this amendment for some time now. The other amendments contemplated by the ministry include fuel category stickers for cars.
High-Security plates were first brought up by the government in 2005 and were made mandatory for all vehicles in 2012. However the implementation has been moderate. However now, its likely to be much more widely used as manufacturers will now be responsible for the plates.
The notification also asks the state governments to grant permissions to ask dealers to provide HSRPs for older vehicles as well.
The specifications of High-Security plates are as follows. HSRPs will include the following–
- A chrome based hot-stamp hologram along with an image of the Ashoka Chakra
- Retro-reflective film, bearing a verification inscription ‘India’ at a 45-degree inclination
- A permanent identification number of minimum 7 digits which will be laser branded into the reflective sheeting on the bottom-hand side of the registration plate.
- Tamper-proof non-removable/non-reusable snap locks, which will break on any attempt to remove the plates.