Cracking down on vehicles displaying unauthorized names, emblems, names of associations, and other signs on number plates, the Karnataka Transport Department has collected a whopping Rs 1.12 crore as a penalty from vehicle owners between December 2019 and December 2022, according to a report by the New Indian Express. In Belagavi alone, 3,633 violations were booked for wrong number plates.
Transport officials have stated that their drive will intensify until people comply with the law. Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) and Rules 50, 51 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, prohibit the display of unauthorized names, emblems, and signs on vehicles.
The transport department inspected 6.07 lakh vehicles between December 2019 and December 2022 and found 14,620 vehicles violating the law. Officials have collected a fine of Rs 1.12 crore from the violators, who were seen carrying the state’s emblem, names of positions such as state president and secretary, and names of associations in violation of the law.