Tamper-proof registration plates from 2019

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Come January 1, 2019, and all motor vehicles will come fitted with tamper-proof high-security registration plates (HSRP) with several security features.

The development assumes significance as even after over a decade of the government making HSRP mandatory, it is yet to be implemented in many states.

"The security licence plate including third registration mark, wherever necessary, shall be supplied by vehicle manufacturers along with all the vehicles manufactured on or after 1st day of January 2019, and their dealers will place a mark of registration on such plates and affix them on the automobiles," Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a draft notification.

It also said that dealers of vehicle manufacturers may also affix such plates, supplied by the vehicle manufacturers, on old vehicles after placing the registration mark.

The ministry said it proposes to make amendments in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules with regard to the installation of HSRPs on motor vehicles and has invited comments from the general public and stakeholders by May 10.

The draft notification intends to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, in the exercise of the powers conferred by section 10 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

Earlier this month, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that vehicles will soon come fitted with number plates and the cost will be included in the price of four-wheelers.

At present, a vehicle license plate — which is attached to vehicles bearing its official registration number, commonly known as "a number plate" — is procured by various states separately from designated agencies.

"Now, manufacturers will fit the plates and embossing will be done later through machine," Gadkari has said, adding that the prices for number plates procured by states ranged from Rs 800 to Rs 40,000.

At present, the license plate number is issued by the district-level Regional Transport Office (RTO) of the respective states.

Gadkari has said that consumers will benefit from the move and the registration or number plate will have 15 years' guarantee.

The move is also aimed at ending the monopoly of only a few HSRP manufacturers at present, besides providing security to vehicles as they have inbuilt security features like a self-destructive sticker with the engine and chassis number of the car, which cannot be tampered with.

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