Cops defer drive to seize new cars without HSRP till Oct 3

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The city government on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the drive to seize new vehicles, bought after May 1 this year and plying on city roads without the high-security number plates, has been deferred for three days.

The Delhi Traffic Police was to start from today a drive to impound cars, bought after May 1, 2012 and plying on roads without the High Security Registration Plates (HSRP).

Appearing before Justice Rajiv Shakdher, the Delhi government's Standing Counsel Najmi Waziri told him that "to facilitate the car buyers to fix HSRPs on their cars, the government has decided to defer the traffic police drive till October 3."

The counsel argued that about 70,000 plates have already been made by the manufacturing company while the transport authority is yet to issue them. He added the concerned dealers too have not come forward to collect them.

Waziri was responding to a plea by one Shweta Kapoor, an advocate, for stopping the traffic police from "taking any coercive action or impounding her vehicle bought on September 6 but, which did not have high security number plate."

"From the date of receiving the cash receipts from car dealers, the transport authority would issue number plates within six days," said Waziri, accusing the car dealers of not sending the cash receipts to the manufacturing company which later hands over the high security number plates to the authority for issuance.

The court asked the government to expedite the process of issuance of number plates and fixed the matter for October 11.

The court was hearing the advocate's plea which said "the traffic police and the transport department are planning a joint drive from Monday, October 1, 2012 to crack down on such vehicles, ignoring protests from dealers and car buyers that they are not at fault as they have not yet received the licenses plates."

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