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Wait stretches for hi-tech car plates

Nov. 30: The Kamrup (metro) district transport office has asked Agros Impex, the Delhi-based firm assigned to manufacture and install high-security registration plates on vehicles, to increase its production capacity for smooth conduct of the process.

“As of now, Agros Impex produces 200 to 250 plates per day, which is not enough, as over 250 vehicles are registered at the district transport office every day. So, if we give an official notification making installation of the plates on all vehicles compulsory, people will start rushing in and there will be chaos. Therefore, we have asked the firm to increase the capacity first. There will be a meeting with their representatives on Saturday in this regard,” an official of the district transport office told The Telegraph.

Agros Impex, which has been assigned the task of assembling, designing, producing, embossing, distribution and affixing of the plates in the state, has been provided with an office space near the district transport office at Lokhra.

“For starters, we will ask the firm to increase its production capacity to 1,000 plates per day. Thereafter, we will think about starting the installation phase-wise after making an official notification that will make the process mandatory for all vehicles,” the official said.

Installation of the plates on vehicles in Kamrup (metro) started in September. The district is the first in the state to initiate the process in accordance with a Supreme Court directive.

The Union ministry of road transport and highways had amended Rule 50 of the Central Motor Vehicle (CMV) Rules, 1989, to make a uniform pattern of displaying registration marks throughout the country.

Guwahati, sources at the district transport office said, has close to six lakh vehicles and given the rise in auto theft cases in the city, installation of the plates has become imperative.

“Apart from uniformity, the purpose behind the move is to put in place a security system. The plates are tamper-proof and non-replaceable. Any attempt to remove or replace the number plate will break the snap lock, making it impossible to install any other number plate in the vehicle,” a source said.

“The plates will have two unique laser identification numbers, in front and in the rear of a vehicle,” he added

The official added that a number of old vehicle owners, too, had the plates installed since the process started in September. “We had a number of old vehicles on which the plates had been fixed over the past couple of months. An old vehicle owner, however, will have to apply for a fresh registration certificate before the number plate is fixed.”

A two-wheeler owner will have to pay Rs 119 for installation of two plates, while for a three-wheeler the owner has to pay is Rs 153.

For four-wheelers and heavy vehicles, the rates are Rs 318 and Rs 335 respectively.