New Delhi: The Delhi Transport department Tuesday issued a public notice, asking vehicle owners to install High Security Registration Plates (HSRP), including the “third registration mark” on new and old vehicles, and stated that those failing to do so are “liable for prosecution under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the CMV rules, 1989”.
The transport department also stated that the “enforcement drive will start soon”.
The notification comes amid the raging coronavirus pandemic, where the total deaths due to the virus in the national capital have crossed the 5,000-mark and the number of infections are over 2 lakh.
Official Notice – Here
What are HSRPs and third registration stickers?
The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had directed last March that all vehicles in Delhi-NCR should have HSRP and colour-coded stickers by October 2019.
A transport department official told ThePrint the order couldn’t be implemented within the stipulated time as the HSRP material was not available. So, the order has been issued now, he added.
The vehicles sold from 1 April 2019 are mandatorily equipped with tamper-proof HSRPs. But those registered before that date will have to get HSRP and hologram-based stickers.
The third registration sticker, fixed on the bottom-left side of the windshield of a vehicle, has colour coding based on the vehicle’s fuel type.
It is light blue in case of petrol or CNG cars, and orange for diesel ones. The sticker contains details such as — registration number, engine and chassis numbers of the vehicle, the registering authority and a laser-branded PIN.
HSRP plates include two registration plates to be placed at the front and back of the vehicle. The HSRP helps in keeping track of the vehicle, and makes it easier to trace a lost or stolen vehicle or those involved in crimes.
The transport department has authorised the dealers of the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for affixing the HSRP and colour-coded stickers.
Around 50 lakh two-wheelers and 21 lakh cars reportedly do not have HSRPs in Delhi.