In a blunt violation of the Motor Vehicles (New High Security Registration Plates) Order, 2001, the old registration plates of vehicles being replaced with high security registration plates (HSRP) lie scattered at the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office in Sector 17 here.
The situation is no different at other sub-offices of the RLA in the city.
The Rule 4 (XII) of the said order states that the replacement for any existing registration plate is to be made by the transport authority concerned only after ensuring that the old plate has been surrendered and destroyed.
However, the authorities concerned are inattentive and posing danger of possible misuse of these old registration plates.City-based advocate Ajay Jagga said this rule was incorporated to avoid misuse of old plates, but the UT transportation department failed to take care of the security norms laid down in the 2001 orders.
"Not destroying old registration plates can cause serious law and order problem and the authorities must immediately destroy the old plates," said Jagga, adding, "In fact, the authorities concerned must review the entire HSRP drive and challans be suspended till it is implemented properly."
Sector-15 resident Captain RK Bakshi (retd) said, "The administration must follow the rules properly.
The old plates should be destroyed immediately to avoid misuse."
After speaking to HT at the RLA office in Sector 17, Bakshi picked up the old registration plates of his car from the ground and kept them in his safe custody.
Another city resident Arvind Kumar said it was appalling that basic security norms were neglected. He added, "Also, there is a complete chaos in getting the old number plates replaced with HSRPs. The pressure of challans by the local police is further creating problem for the general public."
When contacted, RLA incharge Kashish Mittal said there was no breach of security norms. "The vendors are being instructed to collect the old registration plates at the end of the day and keep them at a safe place. After this, we dispose them of."
He added that, "Since there is a staff crunch, it is not feasible to destroy it there and then. But we understand that it is an important issue and we will take further steps to ensure its safety."