Government of Telangana issued orders signed by Principal Secretary holding additional charge of Transport, Ajay Misra, announcing the new series and registering authority codes

After a fortnight-long wait for people, the Transport Department finally rolled out its TS series for registration of new vehicles in Telangana from Wednesday morning, with secondary alphabet series EA in all the 10 districts.

Since the State was formed on June 2, the department had put on hold allotment of numbers and issue of Registration Certificates (RC) for vehicles because it had to wait for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to give the nod for it to start the new ‘TS’ for vehicle registration.

Once the approval was received from New Delhi, officials here worked out the district-wise numeric series.

Orders issued

Finally, late on Tuesday evening, Government of Telangana issued orders signed by Principal Secretary holding additional charge of Transport, Ajay Misra, announcing the new series and registering authority codes. Interestingly, the secondary alphabet series of EA was chosen to give allowance for all the earlier letters starting from A onwards found in vehicles bought and registered before June 2. There are no directions from the government yet on whether the existing vehicles would continue with AP or simply change it to TS.

Joint Transport Commissioner J. Pandurang Naik said that since June 2, owners of 1,786 vehicles had applied for registration and awaiting numbers and Registration Certificates.

However, apart from processing these registrations, the department has its work cut out, going through the process for 39,063 vehicles of all categories that were bought after June 2 but whose owners have not applied for registration and still running them on temporary registration.

Fancy numbers

In a press release on Wednesday evening, Transport Commissioner Jagadeeshwar announced that the new series was introduced with EA for non-Transport and UA for Transport vehicles with effect from June 18.

He said fancy numbers were available up to 1000 initially, in each series in every district and said those interested to bid for fancy numbers could approach the concerned authorities.