Kerala warns against fake vehicle number plates

November 04, 2010 - 12:33:49 am

By John Mary

Kochi: The Kerala Motor Vehicle Department has urged vehicle owners not to fall for fake agencies selling spurious High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) but await the mandatory scheme being introduced through authorised agencies.

The State Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) has invited tenders to implement the HSRP project on a pilot basis in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode under provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989. The implementation of HSRP has been necessitated by the rampant theft of vehicles and using them for unlawful activities. The HSRP could be fixed only under the monitoring of the MVD authorities or any other agencies authorised by the MVD.

The selected agency, under the build, own and operate model, would be in charge of the entire process — fabricating registration plates, setting up the distribution network and putting plates on motor vehicles — for a period of five years. The HSRP, made of aluminium and one millimetre thick, would be fixed in the front and rear sides of vehicles with a foolproof snap lock. Besides, a chromium-based hologram sticker would be affixed on the windscreen.

The plate would have black letters in white background. Registration marks would be embossed and hot-stamped in English and Arabic numerals and a permanent identification number laser-branded on the plate. The inscription, India, will be laminated over the registration number. Fake HSRP number plates, duplicate hologram stickers and retro reflective film, with the inscription, India, are being already sold at exorbitant rates. Perhaps the only protection against being conned is to buy from genuine outlets, authorised by the MVD. The Peninsula