The Transport authorities in the state have advised vehicle owners not to buy ‘High Security Registration Number plates’ for their vehicles.
“It has been noticed that special type of embossed number plates are being sold by certain establishments and persons in the state. These number plates are made from reflective sheet and bear blue letters ‘IND’ along with a hologram. These number plates are sold to the vehicle owners as High Security Number plates,” said Transport Commissioner Dilip Jadhav on Saturday.
The commissioner clarified that the process of selecting service provider for fitting high security number plates in the vehicles was stayed by the Bombay High Court due to an ongoing case.
Therefore, the government has not appointed any agency for the sale of number plates in the state.
“The matter is sub-judice and nobody has been authorised to sell these number plates. We don't want any dealers to fleece vehicle-owners,” said Jadhav.
Sale of look-alike number plates by establishments and persons by misleading the public is an offence.
The transport department has already initiated appropriate action against such spurious dealers, he added.
The use of high-security tamper proof number plates for vehicles was directed by the Central Government in 2005. The motive behind it was to reduce the number of vehicle thefts.
These number plates were supposed to have unique laser numbering containing the alphanumeric identification of testing agencies and manufacturers with embossed registration numbers and chromium hologram on number plates.
A rear registration plates fitted with non-reusable snap locks to make them tamper proof.
The idea was that the stolen vehicles cannot be fitted with fake or new registration number plates.
In Maharashtra, there was a dispute over appointing service-provider for the number plates and the matter subsequently reached the high court.