The Uttar Pradesh government is all set to allot fancy or VIP registration numbers to vehicle owners through open bidding, a move that is expected to make them dearer.
Currently, VIP numbers can be booked online on a ‘first come first serve’ basis against payment of charges fixed for various serial numbers.
Such VIP or fancy numbers are also auctioned in Delhi and Punjab.
A senior UP transport department official said the UP cabinet has given its nod to the move and the proposal will be thrown open for suggestions and objections before the numbers are made available online for open bidding. The transport officials said the details of bidding, price and other norms are still under process and can be put on the public domain soon.
“The proposal has been approved by the cabinet and it is soon going to replace the existing system of fancy number allotment on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. Now, a vehicle owner applying for a VIP number will have to participate in the online bidding. The bidding will start from the base price and go up to any amount, depending on bids. This is, of course, going to generate good revenue for the state government,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer (RTO) Ghaziabad.
He is hopeful of the system being made available to the public by Mid-June.
“There are 346 numbers that have been categorised as VIP numbers. The current system allows people to obtain them online. It so happens that within minutes of putting these numbers online, all of them get booked. This reflects how sought after these VIP numbers are,” said Jyoti, adding that this system was started in May 2014.
Prior to May 2014, the regional transport offices used to assign VIP numbers manually. This process was stopped after complaints of corruption emerged.
Rachna Yaduvanshi, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), Noida, said, “It is more than two years since the online VIP number allotment system started. I believe, so far, several hundreds of people have already obtained such numbers.”