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RLA mulls authorising dealers to install number plates

Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, November 10, 2013
First Published: 21:00 IST(10/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:22 IST(11/11/2013)

In the wake of complaints of inconvenience to residents for getting installed high-security registration plates (HSRPs), the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) is studying the Punjab model and is mulling to authorise dealers to install these plates.

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Following the Supreme Court order, high-security registration plates have been made mandatory for all vehicles and the RLA authorities have also roped in police to challan vehicles that fail to get these plates installed.

Considering these directives, the residents are queuing up to RLA offices for getting high-security registration plates installed, but owing to shortage of manpower the residents have to face a lot of inconvenience. As per the proposal, a few selected dealers would be allowed to install high-security registration plates.

The system of fixation of high-security registration plates on new and old vehicles and processing of other file work to get registration certificate (RC) from the vehicle dealers office had been running successfully in Punjab and facilitating the public a lot, thus the RLA authorities have mooted a proposal to adopt this pattern.

"We are studying the Punjab pattern and would soon be implementing it, whereby the dealers would be authorised to install the high-security number plates," said Kashish Mittal, registering and licensing authority, Chandigarh.

He said, "In Punjab, a few dealers are selected in each district for this purpose and the entire communication and documentation of these dealers remains online with the registration authority. So with this system people will not have to come to the RLA office to collect their RC, as the same would be dispatched to the residents. Therefore, we are going to monitor their system soon, and the same system will be brought in here as well to facilitate the public."

As of now, the HSRPs are being installed at four notified locations which include the office of RLA, Sector 17; SDM(S) in Sector 42; and Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh. Owing to space paucity, shortage of manpower is causing a lot of inconvenience. As of now there are just three persons installing plates on about 150 vehicles daily at each centre.

With just three people installing these plates, residents have to wait for hours together to get the plates installed and considering complaints of heated arguments with employees installing them, the RLA officials have started deploying cops to streamline the process.

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