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 the city will have to install high security number plates in a bid to check vehicle theft.
"All new vehicles from September 2011 will have high security number plates," said Delhi's transport secretary RK Verma. "Three year time period has been notified for old vehicles to get the high security number plates".
Delhi government had envisaged to introduce these modern number plates in 2002 by amending the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules like many other states in India.
But, the idea of the new "tamper-proof" number plates got challenged in different courts, resulting in delay in implementing the decision. The courts gave clearance only 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 having a hologram to prevent 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 (RTO). "To ensure security we have decided that the number plates will be installed only at RTO's offices and not by vehicle dealers," Verma said.
In the new regime, 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 Rs 450 in Kolkata," the secretary said.
Once all vehicle registered in the Capital have new number plates, the government expects it will help in checking the motor vehicle theft in the city.