Newly-purchased motor vehicles will roll out of the showrooms fitted with regular (permanent) registration numbers from January 1 onwards.
However, as the regular number will be on an 'ordinary' registration plate, the owner of the new vehicle will be issued a provisional registration certificate (RC). Within a period of one month of the purchase of the vehicle, the high security registration plate (HSRP) with the regular registration number will be fitted on the vehicle.
These instructions have been issued by Anurag Aggarwal, secretary, transport, to all district transport officers (DTOs). The instructions follow a recent Supreme Court order, directing all state governments to ensure that new vehicles are fitted with HSRPs before being allowed to roll out of dealers' showroom.
Complying with the directions, Amritsar DTO Lovejeet Kalsi held a meeting with some of the leading vehicle showroom dealers to brief them about the new orders.
Giving details of the orders, Kalsi told HT here on Monday that henceforth the concept of issuing a temporary RC and fitting a temporary registration number on a newly purchased non-transport motor vehicle (car, jeep, motorcycle and scooter) has been done away with. "The dealer will hand over a provisional RC to the customer or buyer which will contain the regular or permanent number of the vehicle, as allotted by the DTO office", she added.
"However at the time of sale/purchase, the vehicle will have a regular number painted on ordinary number plates and not on HSRP. The HSRP will be fitted within a period of one month and thereafter a permanent RC will be issued to the vehicle owner," she added, while pointing out that this is being done as the HSRP cannot be prepared immediately at the time of sale/purchase of the new vehicle.
According to the DTO, residents of other states purchasing their vehicles in Punjab will be issued temporary RC's, hence a temporary registration number. Likewise, commercial vehicles and transport vehicles will also be issued temporary RCs at the time of sale/purchase.
Regarding fancy registration numbers or VIP numbers, she said that the buyer must get such a number allotted from the DTO office before he goes to purchase a new vehicle. At the time of purchase of the vehicle he will have to produce a certificate signed by the DTO and only then will the dealer issue a provisional RC (containing the fancy number) to the buyer.
Likewise, if a person wants to retain an old number for his new vehicle, then prior permission (before purchase) must be sought from the DTO concerned. On the basis of this approval, the dealer will issue a provisional RC to the buyer.
However for the old number, a new HSRP will be prepared and fitted to the new vehicle. The old vehicle will be issued a new number from the DTO's office and a new HSRP. The old HSRP has to be destroyed and cannot be retained.
Meanwhile, the dealers assured the DTO that they will comply with these directions.