Delhi government’s much-awaited project to introduce high security registration plates (HSRP) in the capital is now mandatory for all new cars registered in Delhi from 1st May 2012 onwards and for all existing cars in Delhi after 15th June 2012. The first car in Delhi to get a HSRP at the regional transport office in Burari is a Maruti Swift Dzire sedan car. If you own a car already registered in Delhi, do not panic as there will be sufficient time period allotted for the existing cars to upgrade to the new HSRPs.
The high security registration plates (HSRP) are special because they are made up of special material with special markings and laser hologram. Talking a bit more about the HSRP, these are made from 1 mm thick aluminium plate with a retro-reflective sheet. This aluminium plate will also have a chromium based hologram and all plates would also have a unique identification number. Apart from this, the high security plates also come with a non-reusable snap lock which any attempt made to remove or replace the number plate will damage the snap lock making it impossible to install any other number plate in the vehicle.
The price of a High Security Registration Plate in India is Rs. 69 for a two wheeler, Rs. 214 for a 4 wheelers and Rs. 86 for a 3 wheeler vehicle, but this is a small price to pay for the safety of your vehicle. These measures will prevent the use of counterfeit plates on the vehicles and will help bring down the incident of thefts and other crimes using stolen vehicles.
Implementing of HSRP will bring uniformity to the system of number plates and will make it easy to track a car using the number plates. The provision for using high security number plates is under consideration for over 2 decades but the implementation has been delayed for long time. Recent intervention by the Supreme Court of India has brought some pressure on state governments to implement this plan.
The program to upgrade to HSRPs has started with selected states like New Delhi, Kerala, Manipur, UP and Punjab where this upgrade excursive has started. Eventually embossing/fixing stations would come up within the premises of all the RTOs and unit offices in the State. Gradually this system will be rolled out across all Indian states to reduce the crimes involving motor vehicles.
As per sources, this number plates have a special laser coded sticker which can be decoded using special laser cameras which will be imported to India in future which will enable to identify vehicles accurately from a distance using their high security number plates. These cameras will be then gradually installed at important roads and can be used as hand-held units to accurately identify speeding vehicles etc. Hopefully within a few years, all vehicles across India will be upgraded to High Security Number Plates to make Indian roads safer in the long run.
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