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Vehicle owners told to use high security registration plates
Correspondent
 HAILAKANDI, May 23 - The Hailakandi District Transport Office (DTO) has asked the owners of old vehicles to install the high security registration plates (HSRP) within a period of three months.

District Transport Officer (DTO), Nripen Kalita said that all old vehicles must be fitted with HSRPs as per the ruling of the Supreme Court. Kalita said he has received a copy of the order from the Commissioner of Transport, Assam, directing him to take appropriate steps for timely conversion of old vehicles with new HSRPs.

The DTO has asked the owners of old vehicles to install HSRPs and the automobile dealers declared as special registering authority and concessionaire of HSRPs in order to speed up the process.

Official sources said tamper-proof HSRPs in vehicles help in tracing out vehicles, moreover it would help curb vehicle thefts.

The HSRPs have a non-replicable chromium hologram with a chakra image sticker having the engine and chassis number. The rear registration plate is fitted with a nonreusable snap lock.

The apex court had in 2012 asked several states and the Union Territories to ensure high security registration plates for all vehicles by June 15.

The apex court had said that installation of HSRPs is statutory command which is not only in the interest of the security of the state, but also serves a much larger public interest.

“Therefore, it is not only desirable, but mandatory, for every state to comply with the statutory provisions/orders of this court in terms of Article 129 of the Constitution of India, 1950,” the apex court had said in its order.

The Supreme Court heard on a contempt plea (C) No.1787/2017 in WP(C) No.510/2005 alleging non-compliance of its order related to ensuring high-security registration plates for all vehicles on May 1 last. The apex court also had heard a contempt plea on August 8 last year.

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