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Safe number plates are back

Residents who purchased vehicles less than a year ago could soon get high security registration plates.

“We have resumed the process of affixing tamper-proof number plates on new vehicles and those up to a year old,” Patna district transport officer (DTO) Dinesh Kumar Rai said.

The state transport department had on May 31, 2012, entered into a memorandum of understanding with M/S Utsav Safety System (P) Ltd to commence supply and installation of high security registration plates (HSRP) to all new vehicles from June 10 last year. Installation of the same in old vehicles was scheduled from July 31 last year but has not started yet, sources said.

Issuance of HSRPs to new vehicles stopped in February after a transport department directive to Utsav Safety to clear the backlog. With the scheme paralysed, registration number of new vehicles was printed on paper and pasted on windscreens. Department records say around 4,0155 vehicles — 10,722 two-wheelers and 29,433 four-wheelers — were sold in Patna between April and August. The department plans to replace ordinary number plates in two years.

Several vehicle-dealers are still not clear on HSRP. Initially, it was decided the dealer would get registration and HSRP forms filled up by vehicle owners at the time of purchase and corresponding challan would be issued from HSRP counter at DTO office. But, later, the role of dealer was abolished and vehicle owners now run from pillar to post to get these,” said Narendra Kumar, director (plan), Alankar Auto Sales and Services Private Limited.

For new vehicles, the system envisages issuance of authorisation letter during purchase of vehicle. One is to submit the same to district transport office and pay fee to get a challan mentioning date and time when vehicle should be taken to HSRP affixation station. For old vehicle, DTO is required to issue public notice inviting owners to get old number plates replaced.

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