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Updated: July 3, 2013 01:45 IST

Hyderabad’s vehicle numbers: of big bucks and racy bids

S. Sandeep Kumar
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Four bidders vied for the number AP09 CR 7777, the hammer eventually going down for an astounding Rs. 2.22 lakh

Four-wheeler sales might not be very encouraging this year but the fascination for fancy vehicle registration numbers among new car buyers has not diminished. In fact, with each passing year, it continues to hit a new high in the city.

On June 11, a private company bid a jaw-dropping Rs.1.81 lakh for the number AP09 CR 6666 for its Rolls Royce at the Khairatabad RTO. The figure has been eclipsed in the space of less than a month.

This time, four bidders vied for the number AP09 CR 7777, the hammer eventually going down for an even more astounding Rs. 2.22 lakh. Banjara Hills resident Venkat Rao T. bid successfully for his Range Rover, Khairatabad Regional Transport Officer S. Chandrasekhar said.

Advantage RTO

The transport department’s coffers, meanwhile, has been overflowing with money from these auctions. Since January this year, the Khairatabad office netted over Rs. 37 lakh through auction of fancy registration numbers. The figure for the whole of last year was over Rs. 2.80 crore. Of all the numbers, the highest bid was for AP09 CM 9999, which fetched about Rs.8.50 lakh and AP09 CH 9999 and AP09CJ 9999 went for 8.25 lakh each. In 2011, the office earned close to Rs.2.20 crore.

Generally, vehicle owners try for a ‘9999’ number, irrespective of the series. At times, 10 to 15 owners bid for a single number, Mr. Chandrasekhar said, sounding confident.

“We have already earned Rs. 37 lakh this year and I am pretty sure we will cross the earnings of the last two years,” he said.

Though there are four other RTOs — Secunderabad, Malakpet, Mehdipatnam and Bahadurpura — in the capital, bidding for numbers is generally higher at the Khairatabad office.

After successfully bidding for a number, a vehicle owner has to register the number within 15 days from the date of bid closure. Otherwise, it would be cancelled and the number added to the leftover numbers list in the respective series. The bid amount will neither be refunded nor the number allotted to other vehicle owners.

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People are crazy for their social status.

from:  Phani kumar
Posted on: Jul 4, 2013 at 00:47 IST

Shame on RTO!!!
Common man should also get these numbers by draw of lots!
Supreme court should step in here and stop this nonsense and urge these buyers to donate their surplus money to the poor.

from:  sharad
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 19:29 IST

Is that so necessary for the state Road Transport Office to sell the
fancy numbers. What exactly is the need behind this number? By just
selling it to a official rate or lesser rate they may fix some
percentages with the buyers. Why should the numbers be allotted to big
buyers? why not a common man get such numbers in an automated
procedure? It is just giving the material/product/service to the rich
ones and it is shameful that government agencies are doing this. It is
a legal crime. why can't the supremos like The Hindu and other media
agencies stop this? Is there any tax for the buyers as the amount is
going high or are the RTOs paying taxes to the Income Tax for selling
the fancy numbers with such a high price? This must be controlled by
the government and here government is doing this? who will control
this? If public asks about this there will be no response from the
government officers and frankly speaking no common in this country can
raise his voice as he is always weak.

from:  chaithanya
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 18:20 IST

The simple answer to this crazy phenomena is stupidity.

from:  Mohammed Khader
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 06:25 IST
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