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By Sept 2014, all vehicles in city to have high security number plates

Get ready for mandatory replacement of old number plates of your vehicles with "tamper-proof" high security ones by September 2014.

delhi Updated: May 07, 2011 23:22 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Get ready for mandatory replacement of old number plates of your vehicles with "tamper-proof" high security ones by September 2014.

The Delhi government has decided that by September 2014, all vehicles in Delhi will have to install high security number plates in a bid to check theft of vehicles.

"From September 2011, all new vehicles will have high security number plates," said RK Verma, Delhi transport secretary.

"A three-year time period has been notified for old vehicles to get the high security number plates," he added.

The Delhi government had envisaged the introduction of modern number plates in 2002 by amending the Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules like many other states in India.

However, the proposal of the new "tamper-proof" number plates got challenged in different courts, resulting in delay in implementing the decision. The courts gave clearance in 2010.

Now, the Delhi government had issued a notification, stating that no new vehicle will be registered in the Capital from September without a high-security number plate with a hologram to prevent the use of fake number plates.

Once installed in front and back bumper of a car, there will be no way to replace them, except from the government's regional transport offices (RTOs).

"To ensure security, we have decided that the number plates will be installed only at RTO offices and not by vehicle dealers," Verma said.

According to the new rules, after buying a car you will have to drive it to the nearest RTO office to get the number plates installed. The pair is expected to cost Rs 500, although the transport department has invited bids from suppliers of high security number plates.

"The lowest price is R450 in Kolkata," the secretary said.

The government expects it will help check theft of vehicles in the city.