‘City has 1 lakh new cars without tamper-proof plate’

Govt plans to cancel registration certificate of defaulters, warns car dealers too

The Delhi government has proposed cancelling registration certificates (RC) of new vehicles, which have temporary or obsolete numberplates instead of the mandatory high-security registration plates (HSRP).

This comes in the wake of a disclosure from Rosmerta Technologies, the company hired by the Delhi government to provide these tamper-proof numberplates, that over one lakh vehicles bought between May and November don't have HSRPs. About 1,500 cars are registered in the national capital every day.

"The backlog has been increasing with each passing day and has crossed the one-lakh mark. People are not coming forward to get the numberplates fixed. Things were better when the traffic police carried out a drive against new vehicles plying without the mandatory HSRP. There was a rush to get the numberplates. Once the crackdown ended, the demand dwindled despite the fact that a large number of cars were purchased during Diwali," Rosmerta Technologies managing director U R Kapoor said.

The company has taken up the matter with the government. "The Transport department had issued a notification directing dealers to ensure that vehicles will not be delivered to the owners without the HSRP. But car dealers are not following the order," Kapoor alleged.

The government had warned the dealers their trade certificate could be suspended or canceled if any of them was found flouting the order.

The government has also planned to convene a meeting on Tuesday to discuss how the "defaulters" could be reined in.

"The traffic police will be called to the meeting. People are not coming forward to get the HSRP fixed. We will find out if this has happened because of official negligence and strict action will be taken if that is the case," Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said.

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