More on Plate: It’s car owners versus dealers in numberplate blame game
The traffic police and the Transport department were to conduct the drive against cars flouting the government order to put high security numberplates.
But the announcement of the crackdown sent shockwaves as car buyers protested against the move, saying the dealers have not issued the numberplates within the “mandatory” six days after purchase.
The rules stipulate that all newly purchased vehicles will be fined for violating registration certificate norms if these were found without high security numberplates.
“We have received complaints from car buyers that the numberplates are not being issued to them on time. The Transport department claims that the procedure to issue the numberplates is completed in three days, but people do not come to collect them. They only have to pay Rs 214 for these numberplates,” a traffic officer said.
“If there is indeed a delay from the Transport department’s side and if more such complaints pour in, we will take up the matter with the Transport officials,” he said.
U R Kapoor, managing director of Rosmerta HSRP Ventures Ltd, the company making the numberplates, said the car dealer has to send the documents to the regional transport officer (RTO) after a purchase is made. But a car dealer avoids going to the RTO if he sells only two to three cars per day, he said.