The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and Delhi Transport Department have made it mandatory for all vehicle owners to fix a high-security registration plate (HSRP) and colour-coded plate on their vehicles that have been sold before April 2019. The fine for not affixing HSRP plate on a vehicle can range from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.
So, what is this HSRP number plate, and why every vehicle owner in the national capital must affix this on their vehicle?
HSRP is an aluminum-made "high-security registration plate" which is fixed on a vehicle using two non-reusable locks. A chromium-based hologram of Ashoka Chakra of 20 mm x 20 mm size is applied by hot stamping on the top left-hand corner of the plate in both front and rear plates to protect against counterfeiting.
The permanent identification number (PIN) of a minimum of 10 digits is laser branded into the reflective sheeting on the bottom left-hand side of the registration plate with a letter size of 5 mm. The HSRP is linked electronically to the vehicle after its affixture on the vehicle on registration.
Benefits of HSRP:
The prime reason why HSRP has been made mandatory is that the old number plates are quite easy to temper with and can be misused by car thieves. However, the HSRP plates come with a non-removable snap-on lock and are difficult to replace.
The HSRPs comprises details like engine number and chassis number in a centralised database. The data helps in identifying a stolen car. The stored data along with a 10 digit PIN helps in identifying a stolen car. The HSRP plates are only issued once the vehicle owner passes on essential details like engine number and chassis number.
HSRP instalation cost:
The cost of HSRP varies from state to state. On average, the HSRP costs around Rs 400 for two-wheelers, and up to Rs 1,100 for four-wheelers, depending on the category.
Where can you purchase the HSRP plates?
Delhi and Uttar Pradesh-based vehicle owners can purchase the HSRPs from government authorised portal --bookmyhsrp.com. The HSRPs plate can also be purchased from RTOs or authorised auto dealers.
How to apply online for HSRPs plates?
Step 1: Go to government authorised web portal--bookmyhsrp.com
Step 2: Fill in all the details, such as vehicle number, chassis number, engine number, address, contact number, fuel type, etc.
Step 3: If it's your personal vehicle then click on "non-transport" under the vehicle's class option
Step 4: Submit a username and password will be sent to the registered mobile number
Step 5: After submitting, the user will again have to log in to make the payment. A receipt will be generated
Step 6: As soon as the HSRP number gets ready, the customer will receive the message on their registered mobile number.
More than 32 lakh vehicles, including 10-12 lakh cars and 20 lakh two-wheelers, registered before 2019, have to get the HSRP and third colour-coded sticker plates installed.
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