The Karnataka Transport Department has recently announced that all vehicles registered before April 1, 2019, must have high-security registration plates (HSRP) by November 17. This decision was made official through a notification issued on August 17, according to a report by TOI.
Failure to comply with the November 17 deadline will result in penalties for vehicle owners. The notification states that fines for non-compliance range from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.
High-security registration plates (HSRPs) possess unique features, such as a permanent identification number and a chromium-based hologram. These characteristics make it nearly impossible to tamper with HSRPs, ensuring the integrity of the registration plates. A representative from the transport department informed TOI that this initiative aims to standardize registration plates across all vehicles.
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According to estimates from the transport department, a significant number of vehicles, approximately 1.75 crore to 2 crore, were registered in the state before April 1, 2019. Starting from that date, the installation of HSRPs became mandatory for all newly manufactured vehicles. However, authorized HSRP manufacturers will also be responsible for supplying plates for older vehicles. Owners of pre-existing vehicles can place orders for HSRP installation through approved dealers of vehicle manufacturers.
According to an official statement, vehicle manufacturers engage authorized suppliers of High-Security Registration Plates (HSRPs) through a competitive pricing system. The cost of HSRPs for four-wheelers may range from Rs 400 to Rs 500, while two-wheelers could see prices between Rs 250 and Rs 300. It is worth noting that this regulation for number plates is already in effect in 12 states across the country.
The primary objective behind the implementation of HSRPs is to effectively combat vehicle-related crimes and enhance overall road safety. By preventing tampering and counterfeiting of plates, HSRPs play a pivotal role in accurately identifying all vehicles on the road. To ensure compliance, authorized dealers and manufacturers installing HSRPs will be required to update the laser coding on the Vahan portal. However, it is important to highlight that vehicles lacking registration certificates, fitness certificates (for transport vehicles), or those with overdue road tax will not be eligible for HSRP installation.