Delhi halts enforcement of high-security number plates

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As the vehicle owners in Delhi have been facing issues for getting the compulsory high-security number plates (HSRP) and colour-coded sticker, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Tuesday halted the enforcement of the rule till further orders.

The decision came after the minister held a high-level meeting regarding the issue. Gahlot also restrained the transport department from taking coercive measures to enforce the rules. The drive was due from mid-October.

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The transport department had issued a public notice asking vehicle owners to get HSRP and colour-coded stickers by October 30 failing to which will invite penalties under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. The fine for not having an HSRP can range between Rs 5,000-10,000.

After the meeting, Kailash Gahlot directed manufacturers and dealers of high-security registration plates not to take new bookings unless a system is put in place to address the issues being faced by vehicle owners.

What is High-Security Number Plates?

HSRP is a chromium-based hologram applied by hot stamping on the number plates both at the front and back, besides laser-branding of a permanent identification number.

What are Colour-coded stickers?

Colour-coded stickers help in identifying vehicles based on their fuel type, with light blue stickers for petrol and CNG vehicles, and orange stickers for diesel vehicles.

These stickers bear details such as the registration number, registering authority, a laser-branded PIN, and engine and chassis numbers of the vehicle, according to officials.

The policy decision to introduce HSRPs was taken in 2001 when B.C. Khanduri was the Union minister of road and transport. In May 2008, the Supreme Court had in a judgment upheld the Centre’s notification on mandatory HSRPs for vehicles.

The process for getting HSRP and colour-coded stickers starts with registration. It happens online at the portal —

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