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15 lakh vehicles to be fitted with high security plates

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 09, 2013
First Published: 00:53 IST(9/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:55 IST(9/4/2013)

The transport department will soon start fixing high security registration plates (HSRP) on cars and two-wheelers registered before May 1, 2012.

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Sources said, Rosemerta Technoologies, the private company authorised to fix HSRP, has been told to open more centres and start fixing tamper-proof plates on vehicles registered between 2009 and 2012.

The exercise is likely to begin in the next few days.

To clear the backlog of fixing high security plates the transport department has asked authorised service centres of various automobile companies to not accept vehicles for service unless they have the HSRP.

The transport department had initially made HSRP mandatory for all new vehicles registered after May 1, 2012.

The company had initially faced difficulties in fixing plates due to lack of awareness among the vehicle buyers as well as the dealers selling the vehicles creating a backlog of almost 1.25 lakh plates.

"We have now managed to streamline fixing HSRP on new vehicles and the backlog has also come down to almost 40,000. All new vehicles rolling out of showrooms get HSRP before the delivery is made to the buyer. The company fixing these plates has also increased its capacity of producing plates. It has prompted us to start fixing them on older private vehicles too," said a senior transport department official.

While there are just 15 centres where these plates are fixed, officials said the company has been told to open more centres after tying up with automobile dealers and authorised service centres.

Officials said a final meeting between the transport department and the company authorised to fixing the plates is likely to be held on Wednesday.

Though the draft detailing the action plan on how and where the plates will be fixed, how the vehicle owners would be informed has been prepared, officials said it would be approved and announced in the meeting to be held on Wednesday.

"Initially vehicles registered between 2009 and 2012 will be given HSRP. This is the period when almost 15 lakh new vehicles were registered in Delhi. We will slowly and steadily take up vehicles registered before 2009 too," a source said.


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