The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has made an amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989 which makes it compulsory for all new vehicles to come pre-fitted with High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) beginning from April 1, 2019.
The notification shared by MoRTH reveals that manufacturers will be supplying their respective dealers with the HSRP and the cost of these number plates will be included in the final cost of the vehicle. These plates will come with a 15-year guarantee against natural damage and will have to be replaced by the dealer in case of any such damage. In order to make the HSRP theft-proof, MoRTH has said that the plates will have to be fastened with at least two non-removable or non-reusable snap locks.
The HSRP will feature a chromium-based hologram that is hot-stamped on the top-left corner of the plates, with the stamp featuring the Ashoka Chakra in a shade of blue. Additionally, another plate in the form of a sticker will have to be pasted on the bottom left side of the windshield (on the inside). This sticker will have information such as the chassis number, engine number, registration number, registering authority and a laser branded PIN.