While the authorities concerned seem to have turned a blind eye, the agency authorised for fixing high security registration plates (HSRP) is flouting the rules by not providing the mandatory third registration plate sticker to the vehicle owners of the city.
Link Utsav Registration Plates Pvt Ltd has the contract of fixing HRSP in the state of Haryana.
As per the norms, the agency has to provide the front plate, rear plate and the registration plate in the form of a self-destructive type chromium-based hologram sticker, which needs to be affixed on the left-hand top side of the windshield of the vehicle. The registration details such as registering authority, registration number of the vehicle, laser branded permanent identification number, engine number and chassis number of a vehicle are printed on the sticker.
The city residents have been making rounds of the agency office to get the third registration plate, but in vain.
Sunil Midha, a Sector-15 resident, is running from the pillar to post for the past three months to get a registration plate. When things didn’t move on, he lodged a complaint with the local authorities.
Sunil Midha told HT the agency was providing third registration plate in other parts of the state except Panchkula. “I have been stopped by cops in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar many times, as the third registration number plate is mandatory as per the rules,” said Midha.
Accepting the flaw, Rakesh Kumar, zonal head of the company, said they had not been able to provide the third registration plate due to some technical issues. However, he added they were working on to resolve the issue.
DELAY IN FIXING HSRPS
Many vehicle owners of the city have also complained about the delay caused by the company in fitting the HSRP on their vehicles. As per the record, around 80 apply for registration of vehicle every day in the city.
Rakesh Aggarwal, president, Sector-21 Resident Welfare Association, had to wait for nearly two months to get an HSRP affixed on his car.
“I brought the matter to the notice of the local administration, but they expressed their helpless stating that the state transport authority is taking care of the HSRP project,” said Aggarwal.
Rakesh Kumar said that they were streamlining the process. Even after the plates are issued, the vehicle owners have to run after the agency staff to get them fixed.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Vivek Atray said they had been receiving complaints against the vendor. “We have brought the issue to the notice of the transport commissioner and have requested to take corrective steps,” said Atray.
Despite repeated attempts, Haryana state transport commissioner Chander Prakash was not available for comments.