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Norms to the winds: A typical case of violation in the city.
Norms to the winds: A typical case of violation in the city.

G. Ravikiran

Youngsters top the list of violators

Names of dear ones on number plates

Details on standard way of displaying numbers released

VIJAYAWADA: Students and other youngsters top the list of violators who get number plates of their vehicles painted with all sorts of imaginative pictures and titles which, according to the Regional Transport Authority (RTA), are distractions and prevent a clear view of the registration number. Along with a small picture of a rose, a batman, a damsel or favourite film actor, the young owners display their names and those of their dear ones. NTR still tops the list in Vijayawada, Gudivada and some other places in the district.

As the tendency is on the increase, the RTA officials have decided to crack down on the deviations by strictly implementing the relevant provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, which detail common standards for display of registration numbers of vehicles. The rules emphasise that only English letters and Roman numerals should be used.

Rules to be followed

As per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, registration number of non-transport vehicles would have to be displayed on a white plate with letters and numbers painted in black. The State’s code should only be in two letters, like AP, TN and so on, but not in full. In the case of transport vehicles, the plate should sport yellow colour with the numbers in black.

The problem of violation of motor vehicle rules figured prominently at the District Road Safety Authority meeting presided over by District Collector Navin Mittal recently. Display of numbers was one of the issues discussed at the meeting.

Awareness campaign

In order to create awareness of the issue, Deputy Transport Commissioner M. Ratna Manikyam initiated measures involving the officials of both the Transport and the Police departments. She says violation of the rules pertaining to display of number plates is mostly seen among youth, and this is due to “pampering” of students.

Ms. Manikyam recently held a meeting with vehicle dealers and painters of number plates in the city and released pamphlets and posters with details of the standard specifications for display of numbers. The awareness campaign would continue till the month-end by distributing the posters at select and busy traffic centres in the city.

Ms. Manikyam told The Hindu on Friday that the parents had a duty to enforce discipline among their children by not allowing them to violate road rules. “If they go on pampering children by giving whatever they ask for, there will be no end to it. Violation of rules pertaining to display of number plates is a clear example of this tendency. We will take all steps possible to check the trend,” she said.

At the end of the awareness campaign, the RTA authorities will ensure removal of pictures and other fanciful details from number plates.


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