Every individual would’ve, at some point, noticed that all vehicles have number plates at the front and at the back. This number plate is not a random combination of letters and numbers. Essentially, every registered vehicle is required to have a number plate according to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The Indian government has laid down certain guidelines as to how the number plate has to be formatted.
Each part of the number plate has been formulated to make it easy to identify a vehicle. Each part of the vehicle number is explained below:
Different colour schemes have been decided for different classes of vehicles to help figure which class the vehicle belongs to. The colour formats for number plates used in India are:
Here is a list of vehicles that do not follow the standard format, some of which have been mentioned in the earlier section:
Many individuals want the licence number of their vehicle to stand out, hence they opt for special combinations of numbers such as 3333, 1111, 6666, etc. Since there is a high demand for such numbers, RTOs of each state hold auctions for numbers on a regular basis. To check if a certain combination of numbers is available, check the official website of the district RTO. Usually, numbers less than 100 are taken by government vehicles.
High-security number plates have special features that prevent thefts. Regular number plates can be stolen easily. However, HSRPs are tamper proof and come with snap lock systems that cannot be removed. Verification inscription of ‘India’ is inscribed on the plate at a 45-degree inclination on a retro-reflective plate. Roadside vendors cannot duplicate such number plates and these high-security plates cannot be misused by anyone. Also, an advantage of these new-age number plates is that the information about the driver and the vehicle will be available. The information can be accessed in case there is an accident or a criminal incident. Once HSRPs are introduced throughout the country, a centralised record of all vehicles will be available.
At the time of purchase of a vehicle, a temporary registration is made that is valid for 30 days. It is important to get a permanent registration before completion of the 30 days. Installing a vehicle number plate at the front and back of a vehicle is mandatory. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, also states that the vehicle owner should have a two wheeler insurance. A vehicle owner should ensure he/she has all such important documents.
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