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Visakhapatnam: 'Glitzy' number plates will now attract a fine

A motorist riding a two-wheeler with a broken registration number plate
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A motorist riding a two-wheeler with a broken registration number plate

Highlights

  • Motorists using vehicles with fanciful images will be taken to task
  • The Transport Department officials focus more on violators
  • A fine up to Rs 1,000 will be charged for continuing with a 'difficult to follow' registration numbers

Visakhapatnam: If your vehicle has any complicated number plate to decode, it is high time to keep it 'straight'.

A growing number of motorists are altering their registration number plate with fanciful images, alpha-numeric letters, idol names, their favourite actor's image and a caption. In most of the vehicles, these images and extra characters distract attention from actual number.

Such trend is commonly witnessed among the youth.

According to the Motor Vehicles Act, the plate should not have any other character other than the registration number.

In case of any untoward incident, identification of registration details of such 'creative' vehicles turns out to be a daunting task.

In many vehicles, 'BOSS' takes over '8055'. Similarly, 4512 is replaced with 'YSR'. Along with this, worn out and broken number plates also dot the streets.

With complaints pouring in at the transport department, the officials concerned decided to take up a special drive against violators.

In order to place a check on the violation, the authorities concerned brought High Security Registration Plates (HSRPs) into picture with non-reusable locks. With a chromium-based hologram that comes with 20 mm X 20 mm, the plate is protected against counterfeiting.

Speaking to The Hans India, deputy transport commissioner GC Raja Ratnam says, "A larger focus will now be paid on altered number plates. With several complaints trickling in, we wanted to take action against the violators. Motorists violating the MV Act and continuing with difficult to identify registration numbers will be taken to task."

Motorists using altered plates that are difficult to interpret will be charged a fine up to Rs.1,000.


A motorist riding a two-wheeler that has an altered registration number plate

A motorist riding a two-wheeler that has an altered registration number plate

A four-wheeler that has a registration number plate which is less visible

A four-wheeler that has a registration number plate which is less visible


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