AN ‘IDENTITY crisis’ looms large over the State’s VIPs. Their vehicles will no longer help them get recognition and respect in the public. Thanks to the High Court order, no vehicle, official or private, will be allowed to display a designation plate.
The Transport department will, in a day or two, issue a notification banning the practice of writing designations on vehicles in any manner. The vehicles will have only a registration number plate. For example, the car belonging a DM or the Transport minister will not carry the plate carrying their designation.
The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had on June 23 directed the State government to stop the unauthorised use of hooters and beacons besides banning the use of designation plates. The Bench comprising Justice Devi Prasad and Justice JM Paliwal asked the government to frame rules in this regard by July 20 and then launch a drive for a week every month for four months. It warned of severe punishment if the order was violated.
The Transport department will issue the circular to all heads of departments , commissioners, DMs, SSPs etc, requesting them to ensure that designation plates from the vehicles under their jurisdiction were removed by July 20. As directed by the court, the department will launch a drive to enforce the rules.
Additional Transport commissioner (enforcement), Rameshwar Dayal said that prior to launching the drive and issuing the notification, the department would also publish notices in newspapers. He said constitutional posts, if the Government so wished, might be exempted from application of the notification banning designation plates.
Significantly, the High Court has already taken the initiative by ordering enforcement of its earlier circular that banned officers of the subordinate judiciary from using designation plates on their vehicles. “This will further compel us to implement the court order more seriously,” said a senior transport officer.