High security numberplates yet to make a mark

The apex court had fixed two-year deadline to implement HSRP in all states

High security numberplates yet to make a mark

 Even as Bangalore leads in the number of vehicles in the City and boasts of having one of the highest density of vehicles, it lags behind other states including the national capital Delhi when it comes to the High Security Registration Numberplates (HSRP) on the vehicles.

Implementing HSRP was one of the directives of the apex court for all the states in 2011. The court also fixed a two-year deadline for compliance. 

Consequently, others states, including Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra, have taken a lead in implementing the HSRP for vehicles. But it hit a roadblock in Karnataka when in 2006 the tenders called by the Transport Department had to be cancelled by the then government for several reasons including cost of each numberplate which was estimated to range from Rs 1,500-1,800.

In 2011, the Central government had given directions to introduce the HSRP within two years. The Transport Department called for fresh tenders again in March 2013 for the lowest bids for affixing the HSRP on new vehicles. 

But the same had to be put on hold as the apex court halted the implementation of the HSRP and kept it in abeyance.

Speaking with Deccan Herald, Maruthi Sambrani, joint commissioner, department of transport, said: “We are waiting for the disposal of pending proceedings in the apex court as well as the High Court. We are aware that other states have already implemented the HSRP and we are also ready to implement the same once the court clears the matter.”

While there are many advantages of High Security Registration Plates, one of the biggest advantages is that these numberplates are tamper proof and cannot be removed as such, which helps plugging the vehicle theft menace rampant across the country.

Also, the government has been trying for many years to ensure that there is a uniformity in the numberplates as per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules. 

In 2013 alone, Bangalore Traffic police had booked 55,666 cases of defective numberplates including the numbers written in regional languages, numbers not written as per the fonts and sizes prescribed in the Motor Vehicle Rules, etc.

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