High-security number plates must by April 30

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all states as well as Union Territories to implement the scheme of high security number plates for vehicles from April 30.

Justice Swatanter Kumar pronounced the order setting the deadline of June 15 for old vehicles for using such registration number plates.

Earlier also, the bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia had issued similar direction for implementing the scheme.

The apex court had on December 8 regretted that no state has implemented high security number plates scheme and reiterated its direction to all states passed on the petition filed by the chairman of All-India Anti-Terrorist Front M S Bitta.

It had then given them time of four weeks for implementing the scheme which is likely to come as a great help to law enforcement agencies in tracing the vehicles involved in any crime or terror activity.

In its order passed on Tuesday, the apex court issued notice to the Andhra Pradesh principal secretary and Road Transport commissioner, seeking their response as to why contempt action should not be initiated against them for not taking any action to implement the scheme.

The court had in August last year issued show cause notice against the transport secretaries of Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir for taking contempt action for their failure to implement its order on tamper-proof high security number plates and licences for vehicles.

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