Special number scheme for two-wheelers begins at RTO

Special number series scheme for two-wheelers once again began at the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune on Monday. The police bandobast was required to rein in the crowd as people made a beeline at the Sangam Bridge office. As many as 500 applicants turned up on day 1.

After issuing special numbers on Monday, the normal application process for the remaining series will be carried out from Tuesday.

Pune division of the RTO raised over Rs 50 crore since the special number scheme began in 2004. The scheme ended in August this year. The Pune division RTO includes Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Baramati, Solapur and Akluj. At the Pune RTO office alone, about Rs 23 crore had been collected in the same period.

Regional Transport officer Arun Yeola said, "In this financial year, till August we had collected about Rs 8 crore. The two-wheeler number series began today from the KH-1 registartion number. For a normal number one has to pay Rs 2,000 for two wheelers and Rs 3,000 for four wheelers. If in the normal series, one wants a jump of 1000 digits, he or she has to pay an additional Rs 5,000. For instance, if the last issued registration number is 100 and if someone wants 1100, then an additional Rs 5,000 is charged. If the jump is less than 1000, then Rs 3000 is charged."

After the 300 VIP numbers (including 1, 7, 11, 22, 33, 99 etc) are alloted by a lottery, the rest of the numbers in the special number series are alloted on a first come first serve basis. On Monday morning people could be seen making a beeline, waiting for the RTO staff to start the number series.

While for a VIP number one has to pay Rs 25,000, if an applicant wants a number from the two-wheeler series for the four wheeler, the fees jumps to three lakh rupees.

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