Delhiites, if your vehicle doesn’t have a high-security number plate (HSRP) and colour-coded fuel stickers yet, its time to get one on priority as the Delhi transport department launched a drive to check the same and started issuing challans from Tuesday.
Authorities can now fine violators as much as Rs 10,000, which is compoundable to Rs 5,500 under the amended Motor Vehicle Act. A similar amount of fine is applicable to cars that don’t have colour-coded fuel stickers. However, two-wheelers and cars registered in other states will be spared for the time being.
Also, the vehicles that have applied for HSRP and colour-coded stickers will not be fined for now. The vehicle owner will have to show the slip of the application that they have applied for.
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.
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.
How to get HSRP and colour-coded stickers
The process for getting HSRP and colour-coded stickers starts with registration. It happens online at the portal — https://www.siam.in/
The new rule is in line with the order issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) that mandates all vehicles in India sold before 1 April 2019 to have a high-security registration plate and colour-coded stickers.
According to transport department officials, the number of vehicles without HSRP, including both cars and two-wheelers, is at least 40 lakh. While only cars are required to have fuel stickers, the number of such cars is around only 3.5 lakh.