What new about High Security Number Plates? Does your vehicle really need It?

What new about High Security Number Plates? Does your vehicle really need It?

The Delhi transport department’s order to drivers and riders to affix their vehicles with high-security registration plate (HSRP) and colour-coded stickers has created a stir in the national capital. The transport department was going to carry out an enforcement drive against vehicles that don’t have high-security registration plates, but it has now been put on hold.

What is a high-security registration plate after all?

HSRPs will be an aluminium plate with a hologram on it. These holograms will have a laser-branded permanent identification number, which cannot be copied. The colour-coded stickers would be meant to identify vehicles based on their fuel type. But what is interesting is that these stickers will include details like the registration number, the registering authority, a laser-branded PIN, and the engine and chassis numbers of the vehicle.

Why there is a need of high-security registration plate?

  • The conventional and old number plates are very easy to tamper with and can be changed quite easily. Usually, the first thing most thieves do after stealing a vehicle is to replace the registration plate, making it difficult for the police and authorities to track that stolen vehicle. But HSRP’s come with non-removable snap-on locks and are difficult to replace.
  • HSRP’s are affixed by automobile dealers and private vendors approved by the state authorities. These plates are issued only after the vehicle owner provides with information like engine number, chassis number, etc. This is a crucial step in preventing counterfeiting of high security registration plates.
  • Another benefit of HSRP is that the details of a car, like engine number, chassis number, etc. are stored in a centralized database. This information, along with the 10-digit PIN, helps the authorities to identify a stolen vehicle.
  • Some vehicle owners use different font and styles for the registration plates, making it difficult for the traffic police to comprehend the registration number of a vehicle. However, the HSRPs have a uniform pattern of displaying motor vehicle registration number, therefore addressing the issue of ‘incomprehensible’ vehicle registration plates.

How much you have to Pay for New HSRP?

Vehicles sold in India after April 2019 come with high security number plates from the dealer’s end and the cost of HSRP is included in the price of the vehicle. But for the vehicles sold before April 2019, vehicle owners will have to contact automobile dealership or government authorized HSRP vendors and pay a marginal amount to obtain a high security registration plate.

Use link to get your HSRP Plate or Sticker : https://www.bookmyhsrp.com/

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