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Maharashtra: Vehicle owners may have to wait longer for smart card registration

Owners of new vehicles may have to wait longer for smart card registration certificates.

mumbai Updated: Mar 04, 2015 17:50 IST
Kailash Korde
Kailash Korde
Hindustan Times
Vehicle owners,smart card registration,RTO

Owners of new vehicles may have to wait longer for smart card registration certificates.

The smart card initiative was launched in 2007. The cards have a micro-chip containing details such as vehicle number, engine number, registration date, class and owner’s details, among others. Each card cost Rs 394.

However, in November 2014, the Maharashtra government scrapped the project and started issuing paperback RCs to vehicle owners.

Moreover, the state has also put on hold another crucial project — high-security registration plates (HSRP), which was promised by the government to ensure better safety of vehicles.

Armed with various security features such as snap lock and holograms to curb vehicle theft, the state’s ambitious project had managed to create a stir.

But, the state hit the pause button for the projects while the tendering process was in the final stage.

Officials of the transport department said they have decided to put the projects on hold as a new law is likely to replace the existing Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, after which the procedure of registration of vehicles, too, will change.

“A new Road Transport and Safety Bill is set to be introduced soon. As we do not know what the procedure of vehicle registration under the new law will be, we put the projects on hold,” said a top official of transport department.

Officials said if the department goes ahead with the tendering process without taking proposed changes in the bill into consideration, it will bring more troubles for them and will waste public money.

According to officials, under the existing Act, each vehicle

WHAT MAKES THESE NUMBER PLATES TAMPER-PROOF Will have a chromium-based Ashoka Chakra hologram Will have a retro-reflective film bearing a verification inscription owner has to go to an RTO for registering his vehicle. However, under the new draft bill, the process is likely to be centralised, and the registration of vehicles will be done by dealers, sources said.

The new draft bill is likely to tabled in the Parliament during the ongoing budget session. Unsure about the future course of the bill, Will have letters I,N,D in hotstamped blue. Will have a tamper-proof snap lock Can be fitted only by authoritised dealers on RTO premises the transport department has written to the Union government and sought directives on how to go forward with the tenders.

Transport commissioner Mahesh Zagada confirmed they have sent proposals to the state to put the tendering process for both smart card RCs and HSRP on hold.

First Published: Mar 04, 2015 17:48 IST