No more fancy numbers as UT earnestly implements HRSP
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It may finally be curtains for the trend of retaining old registration numbers, fancy letters on number plates and single digit number plates as the city earnestly implements the High Security Registration Number Plates (HSRP).
Once the HSRP is implemented, it will be mandatory for all vehicles to have four digits on the number plates even if the owner has paid a fee. So, all the single digit number plates will have "000" prefixed on the plates.
UT is also mulling discontinuing the practice of allowing vehicle owners retaining their old numbers as it would create problems in the HSRP implementation. The trend of retaining registration numbers, which are usually two to three decades old, on high end latest automobiles has been around for many years now especially in this region. With special permission from the deputy commissioner, one can retain any old registration number of a vehicle on a brand new one. Speaking with Newsline, SDM cum RLA, Parshuram V Kavle, said: " All single digit numbers will have to be prefixed with 000 so as to complete the number in order to maintain uniformity as specified in the HSRP guidelines. As for discontinuing the provision of retaining numbers, the higher authorities are yet to decide whether after prefixing 000 a special number can be retained."
In fact, even in 2008, the then the deputy commissioner had stopped granting permission to vehicle owners to retain the registration numbers after instructions from the Centre. The union government had then developed a new vehicle registration software, Sarthi, which did not allow the retention of old registration numbers.
In 2010, however, Sarthi was replaced with Vahan and the Ministry of Surface and Road Transport again allowed the retention of old registration numbers.
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