Regional transport officials said the recent case of two vehicles having the same registration number was mostly a a result of miscommunication.
On September 28, traffic inspectors clamped a Toyota Innova and a Maruti Alto with the same registration number (MH 04 DJ 6152) in Gaondevi. Investigations revealed that the Innova’s number was genuine while the Alto owner, Sanjay Sonar, did not have the necessary documents.
A case of forgery was registered against him. “On interrogating Sonar and his agent, we learnt there was some miscommunication. The owner thought that the agent had given him this number. However, the agent claims otherwise,” said a senior traffic official.
Regional transport officials said such cases were rare.
“We haven’t received any case of vehicles with the same registration numbers in the recent past,” said Subhash Ware, deputy regional transport officer.
“There is zero possibility of duplication here as the entire system was computerised in 1996. Barring criminals, miscommunication between the agent and the customer leads to this problem.”
According to Ware, miscommunication takes place mostly with car and bike owners as they are in a hurry to get their vehicles on the road.
“It gets worse during festivals. People want to take the vehicle to temples and get the puja done on a particular day. We cannot deny the possibility of fancy number plates also being a reason for this,” he said.
The penalty can range from Rs200 to Rs2,000, he said.
Transport vehicles like trucks and buses use the licence plate of another vehicle to evade taxes.
“Most transport vehicle owners have two or more vehicles. They usually pay the tax and have a valid permit for only one vehicle. Some of them use the same registration number for the other vehicle,” said Ware.
Nearly 300 vehicles are registered with the RTO on a daily basis.
The total number of vehicles registered is 18,61,390.