Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 24:
The Odisha government which had announced the implementation of high security registration plate (HSRP) for vehicles in the state five years ago, is yet to complete the tender.
Taking note of the gross misuse of the exiting number plates by the criminals, the state government had decided to replace them with the HSRP as these number plates cannot be tampered.
The government has floated the tender twice in 2010 and 2012. But there was only one tender as the remaining tenders were cancelled for some reason or the other.
As the single tender was opposed by the government, the matter went to the Odisha High Court after which the entire process was scrapped.
The government later formed a new committee which has submitted its report to the Transport department after examining the bidding documents.
However, the tender is not being called as the department is yet to take decision in this regard.
“HSRP will be highly useful in containing crime. It cannot be changed by the user. It can only be replaced by RTO approved agencies after getting nod of the RTO in case of a broken plate. This also is going to cost the consumers less than current market price. The owners need to submit Rs 80 for two-wheelers and Rs 150 for four-wheelers at the time of registration to receive it. Similarly, the older vehicles can get it done from the RTO, failing which they would be fined,” said Sanjay Kumar Behera, RTO-2.
It may be noted that on June 1, 2005, the Government of India had amended rule 50 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, mandating introduction of new tamper-proof HSRP.
While all north-eastern states including Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Karnataka and Goa have implemented HSRP, states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra are yet to implement it.
HSRP is a highly secure number plate aimed to bring about a uniform pattern of displaying registration marks across the country. HSRP is made of 1 mm aluminium place featuring unique details apart from the registration number and has a non-removable and non reusable snap lock.
The plates have a seven-digit unique laser code, chromium-based chakra hologram to prevent counterfeiting, a self destructive sticker with the engine and chassis numbers of the vehicle, ‘IND’ inscribed in blue colour, with India inscribed at a 45 degree angle in hot stamping foil across all letters and numbers on the plate.