The Delhi transport department has now made it mandatory to install high-security registration plate (HSRP) and color-coded fuel stickers on vehicles and had said those vehicle owners found without these would be responsible to face prosecution. Failures of these will attract a hefty fine. According to the notice, violators can be fined Rs 10,000, which is compoundable to Rs 5,500 under the amended MV Act.
However, the vehicles that have already applied for HSRP and color-coded stickers won't be penalized for now if they show the slip of the application. Currently, vehicles registered with other states are also not included in this.
The notice issued in line with the order placed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) that mandates all vehicles in India should be sold before 1 April 2019 to have a high-security registration plate (HSRP) and color-coded stickers.
According to the transport department officials, the total number of vehicles without HSRP, including both cars and two-wheelers is at least 40 lakhs. Whereas, only cars should have fuel stickers, the number of such cars is 3.5 lakhs.
What is HSRP?
High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) is made up of aluminium and come with a chromium-based hologram which is applied via hot stamping on the number plates on both sides i.e front and the back, besides laser-branding of a permanent identification number.
What are color-coded stickers?
The color-coded or fuel stickers applies for identifying vehicles based on their fuel type. A light blue sticker will be used for petrol and CNG whereas orange color will be used for diesel vehicles. These stickers will contain the details like the registration number, the registering authority, a laser-branded PIN, the engine and the chassis numbers of the vehicle.
Last year, the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) directed that all vehicles in the capital must have HSRP and colour-coded stickers by October. But, the order could not be implemented due to many reasons, including the unavailability of HSRP, the officials said.